Dhanurveda (The Vedic Military Science)

Item Code: IHL141
Author: Dr. Ravi Prakash Arya
Publisher: Indian Foundation for Vedic Science, Rohtak, Haryana
Language: Sanskrit Text and Translation
Edition: 2008
ISBN: 8187710497
Pages: 230
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7 inch X 5.7 inch
Weight 420 gm
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Dhanurveda, the standard work on Vedic military science being lost, the dissertations on the science found in the Mahabharata, the Agni Purana, Akasa Bhairava Tantra, Kautalya Arthasastra, Manusmrti, and other small works on Dhanurveda like Ausanas Dhanurveda, Vasistha Dhanurveda, Sadasiva Dhanurveda and Niti Prakasika are the only source of information on the subject left to us.

The present work takes into account all the data available with the present author in fragment form or manuscript form or the published form of various treatises of Dhanurveda, so that a factual and actual picture of military science or the science of warfare in ancient India may be drawn for the modern day readers and researchers.

The present work also contains the English Translation of the Vasistha and Sadasiva Dhanurvedas as appendix 1 & 2 with illustrations wherever necessary.

Dr. Ravi Prakash Arya is World renowned Vedic Scholar, Philologist, historian and philosopher. He is a prolific speaker and writer. he is a prolific speaker and writer. he is widely traveled scholar who has delivered more than 150 popular and academic talks on various topics of Vedas, Indian History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Culture and Scientific Indian heritage in various countries of the world. he has delivered more than a dozen Radio and TV Talks in Bharata, Canada, USA, Trinidad, Surinam and British Guyana. He has participated in more than 50 National and International Conferences and Seminars in India and Abroad. He is doing a pioneering work for preserving and propagating the universal and scientific Vedic heritage of India under the auspices of ‘Indian Foundation for Vedic science’. He has so far produced around 60 research papers and 28 books running into 38 volumes on the various aspects of Vedas, Indian History and Culture. He is also editing for the last ten years a quarterly Research Journal ‘Vedic Science’ dealing with the scientific interpretation of Vedas & Allied literature and ancient Indian traditions. This Journal has a wide circulation and acclaimed as an authoritative document on Vedic Sciences. He is also the editor of annual ‘World Vedic Calendar’ circulated through more than 10 countries of the world.


The present work by Dr. Ravi Prakash Arya is dedicated to the sweet memories of our Dad Dr. Shikharchand H Jhaveri. He was born into a noble Aristocratic Jain Family from Vadodara Gujrat, India. His father had died very early age and his mom left home to become a Jain Monk. With extreme hardships, he became one of the first Jain Medical Doctor of Vadodara. He never forgot his hardships. He served his patients with utmost passion, dedication and competence. He financially supported blood donation camps for needy and poor patients throughout his life and helped thousands of patients. He used to give away free of cost an Ayurvedic born ointment named ‘Ral’ which was a great pain reliever and healer. He never revealed the secret formula to anyone for the fear of commercialization. He generously supported eye-camps and helped many with proper eyesight. His wife (my Mom) always supported all his works whole heatedly. He was a simple man of a great wisdom. He donated his house in city to Jain monks. He gave best education to his children. They are all medical doctors now. His philanthropic activities were too numerous to be mentioned here. After a short but fatal illness, his soul departed in 1994 to merge with the Almighty Parmatma

We (his family members : Ms. Ramaben (wife), Dr. Harish Jhaveri, radiologist, Dr. Mrs. Shaila Atul, gynaecologist, Dr. Mrs. Dipika Doctor, Dr. Dilip (myself) urologist, Sejal Doctor, Suzanne Doctor) will always remember his legacy and continue to help one and all to the best of our capacity.


Introduction 1
Defence Planning 6
General National Service 7
War Tactics 8
War when to be fought 9
Constitution of Defence Forces 11
Armed force 11
Air Force 12
Naval Force 13
Selection of Defence Personnel 15
Qualifications of a Commander 15
Qualifications of a Warrior 16
Special Honour for Brave Warriors 17
Military Training 20
Periods Suitable for Military Training 20
Classification of Preceptors 20
Method of Imparting Training 21
Military Arrays 22
Syenavyuha 28
Krauncavyuha 28
Sakatavyuha 28
Sinhavyuha 29
Cakravyuha 29
Padmavyuha 31
Sarpavyuha 32
Agnivyuha 33
Divisions of Fighting 36
Equipment for the Army 37
Classification of Weapons 39
Mantra Operated Weapons 41
Pasupatastra 42
Brahmastra 42
Agneyastra 43
Varunastra 43
Vayavastra 43
Parjnyastra 43
Antardhanastra 43
Nagastra 43
Mahendrastra 43
Aksisammarjanastra 43
Ayojala 44
Atharvanastra 44
Asurastra 44
Isikastra 44
Gandharvastra 44
Narayanastra 44
Pramohanastra 44
Parjanyastra 44
Other Divyastras 44
Combat Weapons (Nagastra, Bhargavastra, Atharvanastra, Isikastra, Agneyastra) 45
Mantrika Technology 45
Missiles 45
Divine wars 48
Yantra (Machine) operated Weapons 49
Sataghni 49
Arrows 53
Bows 57
Firearms 60
Bullets 61
Cannons 62
Rockets 62
Machine Throwing Liquids 63
Gunpowder 64
Manually Operated Weapons 67
Daggers 67
Swords 68
Explosives 68
Difference between Training and Service Weapons 70
Text of Sadasiva Dhanurveda 71
Selection for Military Training 71
Types of Fighting 73
Classification of Perceptors 73
Shooting Techniques 75
The Types and Size of a Bow 76
Prohibited Bows 78
The Characteristics of a Bow-string 81
Arrowheads Type 83
Functions of Arrow-heads 84
The Feathers of Arrows 85
Types of Arrows 86
The Methods of Tempering of Arrow-heads 87
Types of Rounds 89
Shooter’s Standing Positions, Grips and modes of Shooting 90
Grips or Positions of Release 96
Methods of drawing the Bow 98
Drawing of Bow-string 100
Types of Targets 104
Aiming or Shooting of Rounds 107
Intermissions in Shooting 108
Shooting Practice 109
Breath Control in Shooting 110
Perfect Shooting 112
Fast Shooting 113
Rules for various shooting Ranges 113
Movement of Arrows 114
Missed Targets 115
The Successful Targets 116
Characteristic of a Best Warrior 117
Four Tough Targets 118
Technical Fight 119
Classification of Shooters 120
Hitting the moving Targets 121
Shooting at Sound 121
Military Exercise 123
Medication 124
Count of Aksauhini Army 127
Battle Formations 130
War Ethics 133
Symptoms of Victory 133
Text of Vasistha’s Dhanurveda 136
Rights of Teaching and Learning Dhanur 137
Selection for Military Training 138
Types of Fighting 139
Classification of Perceptors 139
Shooting Techniques 141
Type and Size of a Bow 142
Prohibited Bows 144
The Material for Bow-making 146
The Characteristics of a Bow-string 147
Qualities of an Arrow 148
The Feathers of Arrows 149
Types of Arrows 150
Arrow-heads types 151
Functions of various Arrow-heads 153
The Methods of Tempering Arrowheads 154
Types of Rounds 155
Shooter’s standing positions 157
Grips or Positions of Release 162
Methods of Drawing the Bow 164
Drawing of Bowstring 166
Types of Targets 170
Target Practice 172
Aiming or Shooting of Rounds 173
Intermissions in Shooting 175
Shooting Practice 176
Breath Control in Shooting 177
Perfect Shooting 179
Fast Shooting 180
Rules for Various Shooting Ranges 180
Movement of Arrows 181
Missed Targets 182
Successful Targets 183
Four Tough Targets 184
Technical Fight 186
Classification of Shooter 187
Hitting the Moving Targets 188
Method of Shooting 188
Shooting at Sound 189
Military Exercise 190
Missiles 192
Mantrika Operation of Missiles 193
Pasupatastra 195
Medication 197
Battle Formations 200
War Ethics 201
Symptoms of Victory 202
Military Arrays 203
Staff Array 204
Car Array 204
Ant Array 205
Commandments to the Army 205
Infantry 206
Training of Horses 209
Training of Elephants 209
Chariots 209
Selection of Commander in Chief 210
Training and Education 210
The Ethics of the War 211
Select Bibliography 212


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