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Vayu Astra
(also known as Anilastra, Vayavastra, Vayavya Astra, Vayvayaastra)

Vayu Astra is the celestial weapon of Vayu, the god of wind in Hindu mythology. Vayavya and its variants mean related to Vayu, and Anila is a synonym of Vayu. The weapon creates wind ranging from gentle breezes to great gusts that can sweep entire armies off their feet and disperse clouds.

In the Mahabharata, Arjuna used the Vayavya Astra during a demonstration of skill in the Adi Parva section 137.

"By the Agneya weapon, he created fire, and by the Varuna weapon he created water, by the Vayavya weapon, he created air, and by the Parjanya weapon he created clouds. And by the Bhauma weapon, he created land, and by the Parvatya weapon, he brought mountains into being. By the Antardhana weapon all these were made to disappear."

Arjuna also used the Vayu Astra to combat the summoning of clouds by Indra in the Adi Parva section 229.

"Then Arjuna possessing a knowledge of means, hurled the excellent weapon called Vayavya with proper mantras to dispel those clouds. With that weapon the energy and force of Indra's thunderbolt and of those clouds were destroyed."

Thanks to Jijith Nadumuri Ravi from Ancient Voice.

Astra, India, Mythology, Weapon


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