Gege Akutami’s Genius: Mahoraga’s Godlike Powers are a Blend of Two Religions

Gege Akutami took inspiration from Hindu and Buddhist mythology to create Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga.

Gege Akutami's Genius: Mahoraga's Godlike Powers are a Blend of Two Religions


  • In Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 17 featured a fight between Ryomen Sukuna and Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga.
  • Mahoraga is the strongest shikigami from the Ten Shadows technique and Gege Akutami has derived its named from the Hindu and Buddhist Mythology.
  • Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga's name can be divided into small segments with each segment has significances to Hinduism and Buddhism.
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Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen has taken the world by storm. Their storytelling and character introduction are some of the best in anime history. The manga is reaching its climax of the Shibuya Incident arc, while the anime is still in its initial stage of the arc. Even among the problems with MAPPA Studios, Jujutsu Kaisen keeps on delivering with absolute perfection.


In the last couple of episodes, Ryomen Sukuna took over Yuji Itadori’s body, and to stop him, Megumi Fushiguro summoned his strongest shikigami, Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga. Throughout the Zenin clan, none have ever been able to tame Mahoraga. The name Mahoraga has a special meaning and is related to two religions – Hinduism and Buddhism.

Mahoraga’s Relation to Hinduism and Buddhism

Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga in Jujutsu Kaisen manga

The name Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga can be broken into several segments concerning Hinduism and Buddhism. Mahoraga is a beast of a humanoid with massive power levels that only increase with every fight as he becomes accustomed to his opponent’s attacks.



He has an eight-handled wheel above his head, which defines the Dharmachakra of Hinduism, which roughly refers to the Wheel of Cosmic Order or Law, relating to religious beliefs. On the other hand, the eight handles signify the Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. The Eightfold Paths of Buddhism lays the path to mental and ethical development.

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The wheel also signifies adapting to various situations from both offensive and defensive perspectives. It also means achieving greatness in life’s journey by overcoming all the obstacles. It is no wonder that Gege Akutami is considered a genius. While summoning Mahoraga, Megumi chanted, “With this treasure I summon…”, which is a direct reference to ‘Sila’ which means treasure or gifts. On the other hand, ‘Divergent’ alludes to Mahoraga having diverted from the path of righteousness and choosing chaos and destruction.

Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga
Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga in Jujutsu Kaisen anime

During Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 17, Megumi said Makora instead of Mahoraga. It is a direct reference to one of the 12 generals who were in charge of protecting and accompanying the healing Buddha. In Sanskrit, Makora resonates with Mahala. The Divine Generals protecting the healing Buddha have striking resemblance due to their snake-like appearance. Mahoraga are a race of deities in Hindu mythology, who generally possess a human head and torso and serpentine body from below the waist or vice versa.




Mahoraga also has a connection to the Japanese culture through Sword Eight Hands Long, who were a part of the Ten Sacred Treasures. Moreover, the Ten Sacred Treasures were passed down to the Nigihayi no Mikoto, by the ‘Heavenly Ancestors.’

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Why Was Sukuna Able To Control Mahoraga in Gege Akutami’s Magnum Opus?

The Jujutsu Kaisen manga has depicted that after taking over Megumi Fushiguro’s body, Ryomen Sukuna was able to summon Mahoraga and control him. One of the main reasons for Sukuna being able to control Mahoraga is that the shikigami has an eight-handled wheel, which is referred to as the Dharmachakra in Hinduism, and Sukuna resembles Yama, the Hindu God of Death. Yama is also known as Dharmaraja, which literally translates to King of Dharma. So, he was able to tame Mahoraga.

Gege Akutami - Jujutsu Kaisen Creator
Gege Akutami

Another reason why Sukuna was able to tame Mahoraga is that the one with authority should be potent in magical, mental, and physical prowess and have immense willpower. Having authority over Mahoraga is a nearly impossible task, but Gege Akutami has explained everything beautifully with Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

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Priyanko Chakraborty

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Priyanko is a Content Writer at FandomWire, and specializes in anime. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Economics. Priyanko has previously worked as a content writing intern. He spends half of his day writing on anime, and the other half watching it.