Weapons in Puranas

Author Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh



Astral Armory


Its surprising that Every God we worship , gods in mythologies ,around the globe keeps a weapon or multiple weapons , it shows that they were experts to use that weapons , its evident that they were expert martial artists



As we know Lord Paramasiva’s Trident, Pinakam or Vijay ,Lord Mahavishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra, Lord Sreeram’s bow Kodanda, Hanuman with a Mighty Gada and Arjuna’s bow Gandeeva. Goddess Bhadrakali holds the Mahakhadgam (Great Sword), and Parasurama holds an Axe . The epics Ramayana and Mahabharata revolve around battles and defence, portraying different weapons and their handling. The virtues and expertise in warfare are elevated to a divine status in these narratives



This shows that the Legends and puranas trace their origin to the foundation of martial arts. Deities in these legends showcase their proficiency in handling weapons, symbolizing their victory over evil. Research on warfare, weapons, and their application is evident during the epic period. They visualised aeroplanes, and superhuman activities in war fare . The Bhagavad Gita, considered a foundational text of Indian culture, was compiled on the battlefield, offering insights into various strategies, weapon usage, duels, and practices related to warfare.



In mythology and various ancient Indian texts, “Astras” refer to supernatural weapons or divine missiles. These weapons were considered to be bestowed upon gods, demigods, and heroic figures by celestial beings or divine entities. Astras were not ordinary weapons but had extraordinary powers, often with the ability to cause massive destruction.


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