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Sharanga (Hindu mythology)

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Sharnga is the bow of the Hindu God Vishnu. Other weapons of Vishnu include the Sudarshana Chakra, the Narayanastra, and the Kaumodaki. This bow was crafted by Viswakarma, the Cosmic architect and maker of weapons, along with Pinaka, the bow of Lord Shiva. Once Brahma wanted to know who was a better archer, Vishnu or Shiva. So created a quarrel between the two, which led to a terrible duel. The impact of their fight was such that the balance of the entire universe was disturbed.But soon Vishnu was able to paralyze Shiva with his arrows.All the Devas led by Brahma himself begged them to stop, declaring Vishnu the winner as he was able to stun Shiva. Enraged, Shiva gave his bow away to a king, who was an ancestor of King Janaka, the father of Sita. Vishnu too decided to do the same, and gave his bow to sage Richika. In time, Sharanga came into the possession of Parashurama, the sixth avatara of Vishnu and Richika's grandson. Parashurama gave it to Rama, the next incarnation of Vishnu after fulfilling his life's mission. Rama used it and gave to Varuna, the lord of the hydrosphere. In the Mahabharata, Varuna gives it to Krishna(ninth avatar of Vishnu) during the Khandava dahana. Just before his death, Krishna returned it to Varuna by throwing it back into the ocean, Varuna's domain.

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