Many ancient history scholars and authors have mentioned the so-called “Technology of the gods,” which includes not only the mystical flying machine “Vimana,” but also powerful weapons of the gods, for example, “Vajra,” an artifact of the Anunnaki gods which shoots lightning.
Vajra is a Sanskrit word that means both thunderbolt and diamond. The Vajra is described as a powerful weapon, usually having a shape of a club with a ribbed spherical head. The knowledge of this powerful tool/weapon/gadget goes back to deep antiquity.
Ancient texts indicate that the Vajra was not always a symbol of peace and tranquility but something very different. It first appears in ancient India (in Vedas & Puranas), where it was the weapon of the Vedic rain and thunder-deity Indra. Some descriptions found in ancient texts bear eerie similarities to modern-day missiles.
Creation Of Vajra
One day, asuras (demigods) named Vritra and Namuchi were troubling the devas (gods or celestial beings). They were determined on killing the mighty Hindu deity Indra (king of Heaven and the Devas), so they targeted the humans on Earth. They thought that if they harmed the humans, Indra would surely come to defend them. Indra and the devas went to Lord Vishnu for help.
“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,” Vishnu advised.
The devas were horrified at hearing this. They had to use someone’s bones to craft a weapon. But they knew they had no other choice, so they went to Sage Dadichi’s hermitage. Dadichi was immersed in deep meditation. There was a bright light coming out of him. Finally, he woke up.
Dadichi greeted Devas, asked their purpose of visit, and offered them some fruits. Indra explained Dadichi everything. He said while hesitating, “Lord Vishnu advised us to use your bones to make a weapon.”
“So I must die,” Dadichi said and smiled. “All this hesitating for just this. It is my time to leave this world. I am happy to die for the greater cause.”
Sage Dadichi sat back down in meditation. He closed his eyes and his soul left his body. Dadichi sacrificed his life for them. Indra gave the bones to Vishwakarma, who used them to make the Vajra, Indra’s primary weapon.
Indra then befriended Vritra and learned his weaknesses. When the right time came, Indra formulated a plan and with his Vajra, killed Vritrasura.
The Rigveda describes this conflict 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.”
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Vajra In Buddhism
The Vajra is a literal ritual object associated with Tibetan Buddhism, also called by its Tibetan name, Dorje. It is the symbol of the Vajrayana school of Buddhism, which is the tantric branch that contains rituals said to allow a follower to achieve enlightenment in a single lifetime, in a thunderbolt flash of indestructible clarity.
The vajra objects are usually made of bronze, vary in size, and have three, five, or nine spokes that normally close at each end in a lotus shape. The number of spokes and the way they meet at the ends have numerous symbolic meanings.
In Tibetan ritual, the vajra is often used together with a bell (ghanta). The vajra is held in the left hand and represents the male principle — upaya, referring to action or means. The bell is held in the right hand and represents the female principle — prajna, or wisdom.
A double Dorje, or vishvavajra, are two Dorjes connected to form a cross. A double Dorje represents the foundation of the physical world and is also associated with certain tantric deities.
Similar concept of Lighting-Bolt like Weapon in Western Cultures
Scholars contend that there is no relationship between Indian, Greek, Australian, Norse, and the cosmology of the Americas. They believe that each civilization conceived of their gods independently and that a deeper, older, universal tradition does not exist. If this was the case, then the foundation of these societies, their myths, traditions, beliefs, and iconography should be unique to them, their location, and their history.
The symbol of thunder or a thunderbolt as a tool of destruction, for example, surfaces in many ancient civilizations. In the western world, the thunderbolt is most readily associated with the Greek sky god Zeus. He defeated the Titans using it and took control of the Greek pantheon.
According to legends, Zeus freed the Cyclopes, the master builders, who were imprisoned in the depths of the underworld – Tartarus. In gratitude for their release, they gave him a marvelous weapon, the thunderbolt.
In another story, Zeus used his formidable weapon to battle the largest and most fearsome creatures in all of Greek mythology, the hundred-headed serpent Typhon. Early images of Zeus depict him holding a rod-like thunderbolt, while others show this deadly weapon with its ends splayed into three prongs.
A vajra-like weapon also appears in the Sumerian text. Its use is recorded in the Babylonian Epic of Creation, the Enuma Elish. A battle between the sky god Marduk (Bel) and the serpent Tiamat is detailed on the fourth tablet of this ancient document.
The evil and powerful Tiamat, according to the Enuma Elish, was devising treacherous plans against Ea and the other reigning gods. The gods were afraid to invoke her evil wrath and search for a solution. Ea attempts to confront Tiamat, but instead of fighting backs down. Marduk, his son, steps forward and volunteers to fight the enraged serpent, but on one condition. If he is successful, he will have dominion over the entire universe.
The gods agreed and provided Marduk with mighty weapons including a bow, a mace, and a net to use in his battle against Tiamat. They gave him the unrivaled weapon, the destroyer of the enemy.
“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,” – Enuma Elish
A similar deadly lightning weapon used by the sky gods can also be found in Mesoamerican cultures.
In the Aztec culture, there is the god Huitzilopochtli. Huitzilopochtli, with his weapon Xiuhcoatl, “the fire serpent,” killed his sister Coyolxauhqui soon after he was born.
The Mayan rain deity Chaac and the later Aztec Tlaloc are both depicted carrying their lightning axe. Sometimes they are shown holding snakes, which represent lightning bolts that they would hurl from the mountaintops where they made their retreat.
In Peru, there is god Illapa who is described as a man wielding a club in his left hand and a sling in right.