A vajra is a ritual weapon symbolizing the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force). According to Hindu mythology, the vajra is considered one of the most powerful weapons in the universe.
The story behind Lord Indra's Vajra begins when Lord Indra, the king of the Devas, was driven out of Devaloka by an asura named Vritra. Vitra had received a gift that made him invulnerable to every existing weapon.
Eager to dominate the world, Vritra also stole all the water on earth for his own and his demon army’s so that all other living beings on earth including humans and gods will die of hunger and thirst.
Losing all hope, Lord Indra went to Lord Vishnu seeking his help. Lord Vishnu told Lord Indra that only the weapons that are made from the thunder-containing diamond bones of the sage Dadhichi could kill the asura Vritra. Indra along with the other Devas, approached the sage, whom Indra had beheaded once, and asked him for his help to defeat Vritra.
Dadhichi Muni agreed to their request on one condition that he wished to be given time to go on a pilgrimage to all the holy rivers before he died for the devas to use his bones.
To save the precious time Indra brought all the water of the holy rivers together at Naimisharanya, allowing the sage to have his wish fulfilled.
Dadhichi then released his life force from his body and the celestial Kamadhenu calf then removed the flesh from his bones, after which the Devas fashioned the Vajra (thunderbolt) from his spine.
That weapon was then used to kill the asura, allowing Lord Indra to reclaim his place as the king of Devaloka and releasing the water on earth again.
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