Showing posts with label Gandiva. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gandiva. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is Khandava Forest?


Khandava Forest is an ancient forest mentioned in the Hindu epics and folklores of India.

The Khandava forest is burned by Agni, a deity whose material form is fire itself, in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

According to legend, Agni gets ill and is told that the only way to recover is to devour the animals of the Khandava forest, many of whom are gods' foes.

Agni tries to "devour" the forest seven times, but is constantly prevented by the storm-god Indra, who saves the woodland by dousing it in rain.

Agni is puzzled and seeks the assistance of the deity Krishna and his buddy Arjuna, the finest archer in the universe.

Arjuna is granted the Gandiva bow and an endless quiver of arrows to aid Agni.

When Agni starts burning the forest again, Arjuna keeps the rain away by launching a dense cloud of arrows that creates a canopy over the woodland.

Agni gets healed of his sickness in this manner. 


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Hinduism - What Is The Gandiva In The Mahabharata?


Gandiva is the name of Arjuna's bow in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

Arjuna is the finest archer in the universe and the third of the Mahabharata's five Pandava brothers.

Gandiva was created by the god Brahma and handed to Arjuna by the god Varuna (who is associated with the sea) at the request of another god, Agni ("fire").

Agni makes this request because he wants to "devour" (burn) the Khandava forest but is fearful of interference from the deity Indra, lord of the storms, in the form of rain.

Arjuna uses his bow to build an arrow canopy that protects the forest from Indra's storms, enabling Agni to devour the forest in peace.

Arjuna uses this bow for many years until returning it to Varuna by tossing it into the sea at the end of his life. 


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