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Sudarshana Chakra History – The Story of Sudarshan Chakra or Discus of Vishnu

Sudarshana Chakra is one among the attributes of Hindu God Vishnu. It is also referred as discus and the weapon is used to kill demons or deadly enemies. The story of Sudarshan Chakra is found in the Puranas and Mahabharata. As per one history, Shiva gave it to Vishnu. It must be noted here that there are numerous stories regarding the origin of Sudarshana Chakra.

Legend has it that Vishnu one day decided to visit Lord Shiva who was residing at Kashi. Vishnu collected 1008 lotus flowers from Manasarovar to offer it on the Shivaling at Kashi by reciting the 1008 names of Shiva.

After collecting the flowers from Manasarovar in the Himalayas, Vishnu reached Kashi and was warmly welcomed by Shiva. Vishnu then began to offer the flowers one by one to the Shivling at Kashi. He chanted a name of Shiva and offered one lotus flower.

Vishnu was fully absorbed in the process and Shiva decided to test Him and removed one lotus flower that Lord Vishnu had brought and hid it.

Vishnu chanted the 1008th name of Shiva and when he looked for the 1008th lotus flower it was missing.

Immediately Vishnu realized that He is known to his devotees as Kamalakanan – the lotus eyed. So he offered one of his eyes as the last lotus flower.

Shiva was moved by this devotion of Vishnu and immediately hugged Vishnu and thus restoring his eye.

Shiva then presented the Sudarshana Chakra to Vishnu to fight evil and accepted him as the supreme commander of the three worlds and one who sustains all living and nonliving beings.

It is believed that Shiva had created the Sudarshana Chakra when he went to fight Tripurasura and brothers who were residing in Tripuri.

Another Legend
As per the Mahabharata, Agni, the fire god, got Sudarshana Chakra from Varuna, the lord of Rain and Water. He gave it to Krishna when mighty king Jarasandha attacked Mathura.

Sudarshana Chakra is mostly identified as a weapon of Bhagvan Sri Krishna in the Mahabharata and many Puranas.