Vayavyastra, Vāyavyāstra, Vayavya-astra: 3 definitions


Vayavyastra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vayavyastra in Shaktism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Vāyavyāstra (वायव्यास्त्र) is a Sanskrit word for a weapon used in Purāṇic literature, such as the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa (9.20.22-53), where it was in the presence of Devī Bhadrakālī, who was preparing for the war between Śankhacūḍa with the Devas.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vayavyastra in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vāyavyāstra (वायव्यास्त्र) refers to the “weapon of the (God of) wind”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.5 (“Kārttikeya is crowned”).—Accordingly, after the Kṛttikās spoke to Kārttikeya: “[...] Then Śiva, the lord of the universe, following the worldly convention delightedly placed Kārttikeya on a beautiful gemset throne. [...] Agni lovingly gave him a spear; Nirṛti his own weapon and the wind his own weapon (vāyavyāstra). Kubera gave him a mace; Śiva a spear; the gods different kinds of weapons and implements. The delighted lord of Kāma gave him the weapon of love, a club and his own lore with great pleasure. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vayavyastra in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vāyavyāstra (ವಾಯವ್ಯಾಸ್ತ್ರ):—[noun] a kind of mystical arrow, that is supposed to blow a heavy wind when shot.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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