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Ayudha Purusha in Hinduism – Ayutha Purusha Associated with Vishnu

Ayudha Purusha is a concept associated with Lord Vishnu and Bhagavan Sri Krishna in Hinduism. It is the personification of the weapons of Vishnu and Krishna. The concept of Ayutha Purusha was developed by playwright Bhasa between 4th and 5th century BC. It is found in the play titled Dootavakyam which is based on the peace mission by Sri Krishna to the court of Kauravas in the Mahabharata.

An arrogant Kaurava prince, Duryodhana, attempts to imprison Sri Krishna. The Lord then displays his Vishwaroopa and invites his weapon to appear in human form. Thus Sudarshana Chakra, Saranga bow, Kaumodaki mace, Panchajanya, Nandaka (sword) and bird Garuda appear in human form. The physical description of Ayudha Purushas are found in the Dootavakyam.

Ayudha Purushas can found near the feet of images of Vishnu. The most popular of them is found in the Dashavatara Temple at Deogarh.

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