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The Name Of The Bow of Lord Shri Krishna

 The Name Of The Bow of Lord Shri Krishna - (Sharang)

This bow, along with the bow pinaka of Lord Shiva, was designed by Vishwakarma, a worldwide architect, and maker of weapons. Once, Lord Brahma wanted to know who was the better archer among them, Vishnu or Shiva. Then Brahma created a quarrel between the two, which led to a terrible duel.

 Due to this war of theirs, the balance of the whole universe got disturbed. But soon Vishnu defeated Shiva with his arrows. Brahma along with all the other deities urged them both to stop the war and declared Vishnu the winner as he was able to defeat Shiva. 

The enraged Lord Shiva gave his bow Pinaka to a king, who was the ancestor of King Janaka, Sita's father. Lord Vishnu also decided to do the same, and gave his bow Sharang to Rishi Richik. In course of time, Sharanga, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the grandson of sage Richik, attained Parashurama. 

Parashurama, after fulfilling the purpose of his life, gave the sharang to Lord Rama, the next incarnation of Vishnu. Rama used it and gave it to Varuna, the god of the watershed. In the Mahabharata, Varuna gave Sharanga to Lord Krishna (the eighth incarnation of Vishnu) during the Khandava-dahan. 

Just before death, Krishna threw this bow into the ocean and returned it to Varuna. Sharanga appears during a duel between Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, and the demon Shalva of mystical powers. Shalva attacked Krishna's left hand, leaving the sharang out of Krishna's hands. Later, Lord Krishna severed the head of Shalva from the trunk with the Sudarshan Chakra. 

According to another legend, when Janaka announced that anyone who wanted to marry Sita would have to take up a divine bow called Pinaka and string it. It was the prince of Ayodhya, Rama who transplanted this bow and married Sita. After marriage when his father Dasharatha was returning to Ayodhya with Rama, Parashurama blocked his path and challenged Rama to break the pinaka, the bow of his guru Shiva. 

Rama broke the bow. On this Dasharatha prayed to sage Parashurama to forgive him but Parashurama was further enraged and he took Sharanga, the bow of Vishnu and asked Rama to tie the bow and fight a duel with him. 

Rama took Vishnu's bow Sharanga, tied it, put an arrow in it and pointed that arrow at Parashurama. Then Rama asked Parashurama what would he give the target of the arrow. At this, Parashurama considers himself devoid of his mystical energy. He realizes that Rama is an incarnation of Vishnu.