Infinite power of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Durga (Mahishasur Mardini)
Image: Mukerjee @ CC BY-SA 3.0

Have you ever wondered, any Hindu God or Goddess isn’t empty handed? They carry weapon either in a hand or many hands. Is that they carry for love and compassion? No. History tells, they used their weapons frequently. Let’s check out some of Gods and Goddesses and their weaponry:

  • Shiva’s trident — it’s kind of a weapon, visible in any of His image, feared by everybody, human, asuras, and gods. He has many invisible weapons like Aghor Astra that He used in killing of demon Tripurasur. Shiva is also capable to give their devotees deadly weapon like Pasupata Astras, as He gave to Arjuna in Mahabharata.
  • Vishnu’s sudharshan chakra — if you’ve seen Vishnu image, you’ll find this weapon rotating around his finger. Using this weapon He killed number of demons. It is so powerful one who comes in its protection, nobody can harm him in any way.
  • Rama’s bow & arrows — He is an avatar of Vishnu, He always appears with bow and arrows. And He used them in killing  numbers of Asuras.
  • Krishna’s sudharshan chakra —He is also an avatar of lord Vishnu, and though His weapon is sudharshan chakra but His great weapon is strategic thinking.
  • Brahma’s brahmastra — though it is not visible in his image, but it is as deadly and feared like Shiva’s trident and Vishnu’s sudharshan chakra. Its specialty is that though it is a personalized weapon of lord Brahma, but anyone can have it by pleasing him. People like Arjuna, Karna, Ashwasthama, Dronacharya and Bhisma in Mahabharata had this weapon; and in Ramayana Meghnath and Ravana had this weapon.
  • Indra’s Vajra — it is the weapon which He used on Baal Hanuman. It is a deadly weapon. When nothing works Indra uses this weapon. He also uses other devatas like Varun, Vayu and Agni as a weapon.
  • Kali or Maha Kaili’s khadag — there are many rupas of Kali, She is a weapon in herself. People may die just by Her appearance and howling. She carries Khadag, a kind of sword, in one hand; and a Khappar, a kind of bowl, supposed to be filled with blood. In her full form, She carries all the weapons: bow & arrows, chakra, trident, khadag, sword, gada and mugdar.
  • Bhairav’ khadag — He is huge, strong, and carries Khadag. He is considered avatar of lord Shiva, a guard or supporter to all the Devis, like Kali, Durga and others.
  • Hanuman’ gada — a gada is something like a big hammer in rounded shape. This weapon doesn’t cut but can crush and break anything. It is supposed to be so heavy, that a human can’t even lift it up.
  • Ganesh’s farsa & trident — He is the son of lord Shiva, worshiped first in any kind of ritual. He is called Vighanharta, destroyer of the problems. His weapon is farsa, a thick cutting blade joint with a stick; sometimes you can see Him with trident too.
  • Kartikeya (Murugan) — He is son of lord Shiva and brother of Ganesha. He is the general in devata’s army. He uses many weapons like, trident, sword, and bow & arrows.
  • Durga (Mahishasuramardini) — She rides on lion and carries many weapons in many hands, like, bow & arrows, trident, chakra, gada and sword. She killed an Asura, Mahishasura that’s why She is also called as Mahishasuramardini.
  • Bagalamukhi’s mugdar — She is the goddess of stambhan, means She can stops or confines the movement of anything. In Her image, her left hand holds the tongue of a demon and right hand holds mudgar in air, to strike on his head.
  • Dhoomavati’s hunger — Her hunger is a kind of a weapon, She can eat the demons. Her riding partner is crow, doesn’t look much beautiful but she has love and compassion for her bhaktas and protects them.
  • Chinnamasta’s khadag — She is kind of goddess that to quench the thirst of Her partners, she cut her own head with her khadag. She carries khadag, and it is her weapon.
  • Pratyangira’s farsa, trident — She is very powerful, holds farsa and trident as her weapon. She is that goddess which in Ramayana Meghanath wanted to worship and Hanuman stopped him in doing so; otherwise it was impossible to defeat Meghanath.
  • Das Mahavidyas, Nav Durga other Goddesses — Goddesses or Devis who come in Mahavidyas are: Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamala. Nav Durgas are: Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kishmanda, Skandamata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, andSiddhidaatri.  Each of them holds weapon/s. Other Goddesses who don’t fall in them also holds some kinds of visible or invisible weapon.
  • Demi-gods / goddesses — Who accompany Gods or Goddesses are demigods or demigoddesses; or, someone having spiritual caliber more than human beings but lesser than gods. That includes 64 Yoginis, 64 Krityas, Yakshinis, Veer, Vaital and many others. In 64 Krityas, each of them is a weapon in herself; Vaital is considered to be a son of Kritya, it is a personality which helped King Vikramaditya throughout his life.
  • Siddhas (84 or more) and Rishis — weapons and powers move at their signals. They are the most powerful in the entire universe; they generally don’t interfere in anybodys’ karma. Gotras in Hindus are nothing but names of the Rishis; all Hindus are from the Rishis.