|Destroyers of Cities
The Rig Veda describes its Gods as "destroyers or conquerors of
cities." This was used to regard the Vedic as a primitive nomadic
culture that destroys cities and is opposed to urban civilization.
However, there are many verses in the Rig Veda that speak of the
Aryans as having a cities of their own and being protected by cities
up to a hundred in number. Aryan Gods like Indra, Agni, Sarasvati and
the Adityas are praised like a city.(*21)
Many ancient kings,
including those of Egypt and Mesopotamia, had
titles like destroyer or conqueror of cities (which latter may be the real
meaning of such terms, not reducing the cities to rubble but
merely winning them). So does the great Hindu God Shiva who is
called the destroyer of the three cities, Tripurahara.
21. Rig Veda
VII.3.7; VII.15.14; VI.48.8; I.166.8; I.189.2; VII.95.1.