Asi (Mahabharata)

Asi (Mahabharata)

Asi (Mahabharata)

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The common term for "sword" in Classical Sanskrit is (whence modern Hindustani khanda). The inherited Indo-European term survives as (cognate to Latin , from PIE ), in Rigvedic Sanskrit still as a term for a kind of sacrificial dagger or knife.

This word appears as a proper name, , of the personification of the first sword created by Brahma.A legend concerning the sword appears in the Shantiparva section of Mahabharata (MBH 12.167.1-87 Vulgo; MBH 12.161.1-87 (Critical)) .

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Out of curiosity, Nakula, the fourth son of Pandu and the master of swordsmanship, had questioned the Kuru Grandsire Bhishma, on his arrowy death bed, as to which was the best weapon in all kinds of fighting. In his own personal views, Nakula thought the sword to be the most superior, since even on having lost one's bow, horse and the chariot, a skilful swordsman could still defend himself against the mace and spear wielders. Nakula further queried the Grandsire about the origin and purpose of the Khadga as well as about its first acharya("teacher, preceptor").

Gladdened by these intelligent queries by Nakula, Bhishma related to him the complete Itihaasa (Sanskrit term for 'History') of the Khadga or "divine sword" starting from its creation down to the present (i.e., time of Bharata war).

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