Vajra Mushti

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Vajra Mushti (Sanskrit vajramuṣṭi वज्रमुश्टि) is a Sanskrit bahuvrihi compound translating to "one who is grasping a thunderbolt" or "one whose clenched fist is like a diamond". It is a name of Indra. In the Ramayana epic, he is the son of the demon Malyavan, making him Ravana's maternal uncle, killed in the war between Ravana and Rama.[1]

In Tantric Buddhism Vajra Mushti is the name of a specific mudra (hand gesture). In Shingon Buddhism, it is also the name of a specific Bodhisattva mentioned in the Vajrasekhara Sutra.


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