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Hindu mythological wars

Hindu mythological wars

Hindu mythological wars are the mythical battles described in the Hindu texts of ancient India. These battles depict great heroes, demons, celestial weapons and beings, magic, and the supernatural.
While no Hindu epic or scripture fails to describe the horrors of war and its fallout, major wars are fought with the purpose of upholding the Dharma (righteousness that brings prosperity to humanity) over Adharma (wickedness that causes humanity to suffer). The purpose of the wars is often to eliminate demonic beings or lords and rulers who pursue war want only for ambition (wicked wishes) and domination (for worldly pleasures). Hindu teachings prescribe war as the final option, to be employed only after all peaceful methods are exhausted. But when this time comes, war is taught to be a matter of great personal and social importance, where every man who belongs to the warrior caste must do his duty, exemplifying courage, honor, and fearsome prowess against all odds and even at the cost of his life.
The major Hindu gods, including Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Shakti, often engage in war, either in the form of Avatars or in their true form. They and many mythological Hindu heroes use astra – celestial weapons with fearsome supernatural power – to aid them in battle.

It is noted today that some scenes from Hindu myths have resemblance to nuclear attacks.



Hinduism War In Vedic literature

Indra and Vrtra

The central battle in the Vedas is between Indra and Vrtra, and the defeat of the serpent demon Vrtra leads to the liberation of rivers, cattle and Ushas (dawn/light).
Another important battle is the historic Battle of the Ten Kings, alluded to in the Rigveda, in which the Tritsu clan, led by Sudas, defeat the Puru confederation of ten Indo Aryan clans.

The Devas and Asuras

The perennial battle between the Devas and Asuras is undertaken over the dominion of the three worlds: Svarga , Bhumi and Patala , or Heaven , Earth and the Nether worlds. Both races are technically equal, possessors of great religious and martial powers, but the Devas are committed to the worship of the Supreme Being and the practice of virtue . The Asuras have atheistic and devious tendencies that grow over time. The divide is the greatest in the Kali Yuga , the final age.

  • Shukra : the Preceptor of the Asuras , their high priest and guru, worshiper of the Supreme Lord, but remains supportive of the Asuras.
  • B?haspati : the Guru Preceptor of the Devas. Possessing unparalleled knowledge of the Vedas , scripture, religion and mysticism, B?haspati's mastery of the military arts is akin to Shukra , his counterpart.
  • Indra : the God of thunder and lightning , King of Heaven , the leader of all the Devas against the demons. The greatest performer of sacrifices , Indra is the most famous and fearsome warrior in the three worlds. When facing opponents like Vritra , Indra seeks the aid of Vishnu .
  • Skanda : the god of war.
  • Narakasura : the great Asura opponent of Vishnu
  • Vritra : the brahmin Asura, who performs a sacrifice to obtain sovereignty of the three worlds.

The end of the world

  • The end of the world and illusions is prophesied to happen at the end of the Kali Yuga .
  • Lord Shiva Nataraja , the Destroyer, kills the paramount demon of the time and performs the Tandava Nritya ( The Dance of Tandava ) on his back.
  • The mystical dance is the penultimate martial art, destroying all forms of matter and energy, materials, beings and illusions, which are absorbed within the Supreme Brahman
  • Kalki , the final Avatar of Vishnu is also prophesized to appear the end of the Kali Yuga , to wage the final battle between good and evil.


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