Vajra

Vajra: The Celestial Thunder Weapon Of Hindu God Indra, And Mentioned In Anunnaki Texts

Numerous ancient historians and authors have referred to the so-called “Technology of the Gods,” which encompasses not only the mystical flying machine “Vimana,” but also formidable God-given weaponry, such as the “Vajra,” an Anunnaki Gods’ item that shoots lightning.

Vajra is a Sanskrit term that literally translates as “thunderbolt” or “diamond.” The Vajra is described as a formidable weapon with a club-like design and a ribbed spherical head. This lethal tool/weapon/gadget has been known since prehistoric times.

According to ancient scriptures, the Vajra was not always a sign of tranquility and peace, but something quite different. It originally appears in ancient India (in the Vedas and Puranas) as the weapon of Indra, the Vedic rain and thunder God. Certain descriptions in ancient books exhibit uncanny resemblances to modern-day weapons.

The Origin Of Vajra

Indra Dev And Vajra

One day, Vritra and Namuchi, two asuras (demigods), were bothering the Devas (Gods or celestial beings). They were hell-bent on assassinating the great Hindu deity Indra (ruler of Heaven and the Devas), and hence targeted Earth’s inhabitants. They reasoned that if they caused harm to humanity, Indra would undoubtedly come to their aid. Indra and the devas sought assistance from Lord Vishnu.

The Battle Of Vritra And Indra

Vajra

“There is only one way. You must become close friends with Vritra. Only then, you will be able to learn about his weaknesses. When the right time comes, you will attack. But first, you must go to Sage Dadichi. He is fit to attain salvation, but I need to take the last test. Tell him to kill himself and give his bones to Vishwakarma, who will craft a powerful weapon with his bones capable of killing Vritra.”

Lord Vishnu Advised the Gods

The devas were shocked when they heard this. They needed to make a weapon out of someone’s bones. However, they understood they had no other option and proceeded to Sage Dadichi’s hermitage. The great sage,  Dadichi was deeply meditating and he emitted a brilliant glow. He eventually woke up. 

Dadichi greeted the Devas, inquired about their visit’s purpose, and offered them some fruits. Indra told everything to Dadichi. “Lord Vishnu advised us to utilize your bones to construct a weapon,” he replied hesitantly.

“So I must die. All this hesitating for just this. It is my time to leave this world. I am happy to die for the greater cause.”

Dadichi said.

Sage Dadichi re-seated himself in meditation. When he closed his eyes, his soul departed from his body. Dadichi made the ultimate sacrifice for them. Indra entrusted Vishwakarma with the bones, which he utilized to create the Vajra, Indra’s principal weapon.

Indra then became acquainted with Vritra and discovered his flaws. When the time was right, Indra devised a strategy and killed Vritrasura with his Vajra. According to the Rigveda, this conflict is as follows:

“Now I describe the glorious deeds of Indra, who holds Vajra. He killed the serpent and made waters flow. He broke the hearts of mountains. He killed the serpent, which was taking refuge in mountain. Tvashta made the Vajra for him. Like the cows making sounds, flowing waters reached the sea. Mighty Indra chose Soma, and drank from three containers. Generous Indra held Vajra in his hand, and killed first born among the serpents.”

Rigveda

Accounts of Vajra in Buddhist Text

The Vajra is a literal Tibetan Buddhist ceremonial object, also known by the Tibetan name Dorje. It is the symbol of Buddhism’s Vajrayana school, which is the tantric branch that is supposed to contain rites that enable a devotee to attain enlightenment in a single lifetime, in an instant of indestructible clarity.

Vajra objects are typically bronze in color, vary in size, and contain three, five, or nine spokes that normally close in a lotus form at either end. The number of spokes and the manner in which they come together at the ends have a variety of symbolic implications.

The vajra is frequently used in conjunction with a bell in Tibetan rituals (ghanta). In the left hand, the vajra represents the male principle —Uupaya, which refers to action or means. The right hand holds the bell, which represents the female principle of Prajna, or wisdom.

A double Dorje, or vishvavajra, is a cross formed by two Dorjes. A double Dorje symbolizes the physical world’s basis and is also related to certain tantric deities.

Concept of Celestial Weapons like Vajra in other Culture

Scholars maintain that there is no connection between Indian, Greek, Australian, or Norse cosmology and the Americas’ cosmology. They think that each civilization developed its own Gods and that there is no deeper, older, universal heritage. If this were the case, these civilizations’ foundations, mythologies, traditions, beliefs, and iconography should be unique to them, their location, and their history.

Thunder as a symbol or a thunderbolt as a weapon of destruction, for example, appears in a variety of ancient civilizations. The thunderbolt is most closely connected with the Greek sky god Zeus in the western world. He used it to defeat the Titans and seize control of the Greek pantheon.

According to tradition, Zeus liberated the Cyclopes, the master builders, who were imprisoned in the depths of Tartarus. They presented him with a magnificent weapon, the thunderbolt, in exchange for their release.

In another account, Zeus used his mighty sword to confront the hundred-headed serpent Typhon, the greatest and most deadly creature in all of Greek mythology. Earlier depictions of Zeus show him with a rod-like thunderbolt, whereas later depictions show him wielding this lethal weapon with its ends split into three prongs.

A weapon resembling a vajra also occurs in Sumerian literature. It is mentioned in the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian Creation Epic. The fourth tablet of this ancient record details a battle between the sky God Marduk (Bel) and the snake Tiamat.

Marduk and a Vajra like weapon

According to the Enuma Elish, the evil and mighty Tiamat was hatching treacherous plots against Ea and the other ruling Gods. The Gods were fearful of invoking her wrath and seeking a remedy. Ea confronts Tiamat, but instead of fighting, retreats. His son, Marduk, steps up and offers to battle the infuriated serpent on one condition. If he succeeds, he will rule the entire universe.

The Gods agreed and bestowed upon Marduk strong weapons such as a bow, a mace, and a net to use against Tiamat. They bestowed upon him an unmatched weapon, the enemy’s slayer.

“Go, cut off the life of Tiâmat. Let the wind carry her blood into the depth [under the earth]. The gods, his fathers, issued the decree for the god Bel. They set him on the road which leadeth to peace and adoration,”

Mesoamerican traditions also have a comparable deadly lightning weapon wielded by the sky Gods. Huitzilopochtli is divinity in Aztec culture. Huitzilopochtli murdered his sister Coyolxauhqui shortly after he was born, using his weapon Xiuhcoatl, “the flaming snake.”

The Mayan rain deity Chaac and the subsequent Aztec Tlaloc are both shown with their lightning axe. Sometimes they are represented wielding snakes, which signify lightning bolts that they would throw from the mountaintops where they made their retreat. In Peru, there is God Illapa who is described as a guy brandishing a club in his left hand and a sling in his right.

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