(Last Updated on : 02/04/2011)
In the epics the Mahabharata
, Sastra-Devatas are stated as Gods of the divine weapons.
The term Sastra-Devatas is derived from the Sanskrit words 'sastra' meaning weapon and 'devata' meaning celestial being, god. Thus the Sastra-Devatas are the gods of divine weapons. They are the lords or conscious agents behind the mystical powers exercised by the great-souled heroes, rather than the weapons themselves. They are said to be the sons of Krisaswa by Jaya and Vijaya, daughters of the Prajapati, that is, of Daksha.
Sastra-Devatas in the earlier age were believed to be the self-conscious, conscious, and quasi-conscious powers behind the forces of nature, especially those forces which can cause injury or damage in the phenomenal world, such as earthquakes, tidal waves, storms of all kinds, and lightning.
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