Dhanusha the bow of Lord Shiva
There is an epic story behind the Dhanusa. As mentioned in Ramayana, Lord Vishwakarma (The principal architect of the universe) crafted two divine Dhanush. The first one was named “Sharanga” and was given to Lord Vishnu. The second one was named “Pinaka” and was given to Lord Shiva. Later on, this Pinaka was passed from Shiva to King Janak and finally to Lord Ram.
“Gandiva”, the bow of Arjun, the great warrior of Mahabharat war, was also one of the rarest bows of its time.
The “Pinaka” was broken by Sita, and hence won princess’s hand in the marriage.‘s Prince as he was trying to string the bow, during the swayamvara of
He didn’t break Pinaka for insulting Shiva. The breaking of Dhanush has following significance.
1)Lakshmi can only remain stationary near Vishnu. So Sita can only be the consort of Ram.
2)To break the egos of arrogant Kshatriyas who were also tormenting the people like Rakshasas.
3)Ravan was informed that there is a more powerful person than him on the earth.
What happened to the Pinaka after Lord Ram broke it?
Like Bajra and Ghanta, bow and arrow symbolize the complementary of method and wisdom.