Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Project Idea: Weapons of the Gods

The gods and goddesses possess celestial weapons and mantras which they use in their own battles with the asuras, and they also bestow those weapons on human warriors, as you see in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Research Tip: If you are interested in this topic, keep an eye out while you are doing the reading for class; you will see references to many celestial weapons in both epics. There are also Wikipedia articles about all the most famous weapons. Start with this list of weapons along with this list of astras, and then zoom in on the specific articles, like Indra's Vajra, Shiva's Trishula, Vishnu's Chakra, Brahma's Astra, Hanuman's Gada, along with the famous bows of India tradition: Sharanga, Kodanda, Vijaya, Dhanush, Gandiva, etc.

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