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Origin Of Vajrasana

Vajrasana activates the Vajra Nadi which promotes good digestion, and aids liver functions. Among many of its benefits, it helps relieve conditions of sciatica, nerve issues, and indigestion.

The mythological story of Vajrasana

The story behind Vajrasana begins when Lord Indra, the king of the Gods, was once driven out of Devaloka by a demon named Vritra. This particular demon had received a boon that made him invulnerable to any known weapon. The demon Vritra also stole all the water in the world for his use and for that of his demon army. Hungry for world domination, he did this so that earth would be wiped out of all other living beings who would die of thirst and hunger, leaving no human or God alive to challenge his place in heaven. 

Indra, having lost all hope of recovering his kingdom, went to Lord Vishnu seeking his help. Vishnu revealed to Indra that only weapons made from the thunder-containing (called in Sanskrit as Vajra) diamond bones of the sage Dadhichi could kill Vritra. Indra and the other Devas approached the sage and asked him for his aid in defeating Vritra. 

On hearing the request from the Gods, Dadhichi then went into a deep meditative state and released his life force from his body. The asana in which he sat came to be known as Vajra Asana. 

The Gods fashioned the Vajrayudha (thunderbolt) from his spine and made numerous other weapons. This weapon was then used to kill the demon, allowing Indra to reclaim his place as the king of Devaloka and releasing the water for all living beings.