Vajra

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vajra, General Meaning

The word vajra has three meanings:

  1. Diamond
  2. Thunderbolt of the god Indra
  3. Lightning

Vahra as per Ayurveda

According to certain Ayurvedic texts, wearing a diamond on the body gives it firmness and also rejuvenates it. It is of course used in various ornaments. As regards its meaning as Indra’s special weapon.

Vajra as per Bhāgavata

Vajra, according to the Bhāgavata,[1] was the great-grandson of Lord Kṛṣṇa[2] who was installed as the king of the country known as Surasena. He was one of the five survivors after the Yādavas’ internecine fighting.


References

  1. Bhāgavata 1.15.39
  2. He was the son of Aniruddha and Uṣā.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore