:An invocation which endows a missile with some of the irresistible power of Vishnu.
Vajrayudha: The weapon with which Indra killed Visvarupa on suspicion because his mother
belonged to the asura tribe of daityas.
Valala :Assumed name of Bhima when, he worked as a cook at Virata's court.
Vali: Monkey-king, brother of Sugriva.
Vanaprastha: The third stage of the dvija's life, when he is required to relinquish
worldly responsibilities to his heirs and retires to the woods with his wife for an
Vandi :Court poet of Mithila who on being defeated by Sage Ashtavakra in debate drowned
himself in the ocean and went to the abode of Varuna.
Varanavata: A forest in which thePandavas were asked to stay in a wax-house which was to
be set on fire at midnight in order to kill the Pandavas while they were asleep.
Vasishtha: A sage who bad cursed the eight Vasus to be born, in the world of men as sons
of Ganga and Santanu. Ganga threw her seven children in to the river with a smiling face.
Vasudhana :Another warrior who perished in the battle on the Twelfth Day.
Vasudeva :An epithet of Krishna. At means both son of Vasudeva and the supreme spirit that
pervades the universe.
Vedavyasa: Vyasa,. author of the Mahabharata.