The Sudarshan Chakra is the divine weapon of Lord Vishnu. It is a spinning discus that the Lord holds on the forefinger of His right hand. The Sudarshan Chakra is not only a powerful weapon but also protects and blesses devotees of Lord Vishnu with good luck. “Su” means auspicious or good and “darshan” means sight. It is believed that the weapon is made of an unbreakable metal and comprises two layers that rotate in opposite directions. Both the layers have 108 razor-sharp edges.
How Lord Vishnu Came to Possess the Sudarshan Chakra
Legend has it that once an asura went to Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and proclaimed that he is more powerful than the Lord Himself. An amused Lord Shiva made a circle on earth with His toe and asked the asura to lift the piece of earth marked by His toe. The asura was able to lift the piece of earth till his neck. The moment the piece of earth reached his neck, it started rotating and became the Sudarshan Chakra. The weapon killed the asura by beheading him.
Once, a great battle took place between the asuras and Devas. The asuras had an advantage over the Devas as their Guru, Sukracharya, knew the mantra that would resurrect the dead. Hence, the asuras gained their life back whenever the Devas killed them. Seeing this, Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva for the Sudarshan Chakra that would kill the asuras and render the mantra useless. Lord Shiva handed over the Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu who in turn killed all the asuras.
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