Every Hindu God carries multiple weapons like Trishul, Chakra, Gada, Pharsha, Danda, Sword or Bow. The same god in different Murthis (statue) carries different weapons.

If one weapon is powerful enough to kill the demon, why do gods carry multiple weapons?

I have heard that darshan of these weapons is equally important as each of them bless us with protection, peace, wealth, knowledge, health etc. If it's true I want to know the significance of prominent weapons and the way to worship them.

  • OP, do you have any source for your claims about 'darshan' of weapon? Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 12:08
  • You see, some demons or asuras already behold strong, rare weapons with them. The architect of Gods, Vishwakarma, made new and better weapons to destroy the demon. I hope this has helped you a bit.
    – Shyam
    Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 9:01
  • Those weapons are for the upliftment and give confidence to suffering souls. For the Lord they are part of his nature and glory.
    – user808
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 10:33

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Here and here are some of the weapons which were used by ancient Hindu Gods.

And about their worship there is something called Shastra Puja , Ayudha Puja or some parts of North India its Vishwakarma Puja. On these days worship of weapons or Implements which are used by the people with different profession is undertaken so as to protect them with the instrument which they are associated with.

In Kerala there is an ancient martial art named Kalaripayattu in this also the weapons are worshipped before they start the battle and these weapons are placed in particular puja room where they face East direction according to Vastu Shastra. Mostly their guardian deity are an avatar of Bhagavathi (Devi/Shakti), Kali, Shiva, etc.

  • Thanks for the reply! I've asked darshan of which weapon benefits the devotee in what way? like darshan of sword removes ignorance and gives knowledge
    – pbvamsi
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 11:45

I am trying to answer one weapon at a time for want of correct references.


Siva has the ‘Trishul’ as the main weapon. Trishul has three sharp spikes at the end. They will be in the form of ‘agni’ flames. Those three will unite at the base and the stem of Trishul will be a single hand. Those three spikes indicate three qualities, Satva, Rajas and Tamo gunas. The combined form is really beyond these three qualities. There is another meaning. The breath flows through the nerves ‘Ida and Pingala’ and reaches the place between the two eye brows. The center, where the three nerves Ida, Pingala and Sushumna reach is called ‘Triveni’ sangamam. This is the center of Brahma Jnana. This is the inner meaning of Trishul.

'Demon' in this context is imbalance of Trigunas.

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