By Swami Harshananda
Vajra, General Meaning
The word vajra has three meanings:
- Thunderbolt of the god Indra
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, was the great-grandson of Lord Kṛṣṇa who was installed as the king of the country known as Surasena. He was one of the five survivors after the Yādavas’ internecine fighting.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore