Learn how and when to remove this template message An astra is a weapon that is to be hurled at an enemy. Examples include arrows from bows. A shastra is a personal weapon, like swords and maces, that must be constantly operated by the warrior. Brahmastra : Embedded with the mystical force of Brahma , this weapon releases millions of missiles, great fires and a destructive potential capable of extinguishing all creation, if not used by and aimed only at a celestial fighter.
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Learn how and when to remove this template message An astra is a weapon that is to be hurled at an enemy. Examples include arrows from bows.
A shastra is a personal weapon, like swords and maces, that must be constantly operated by the warrior. Brahmastra : Embedded with the mystical force of Brahma , this weapon releases millions of missiles, great fires and a destructive potential capable of extinguishing all creation, if not used by and aimed only at a celestial fighter.
Modern speculation has equated its destructive nature to be similar to that of a nuclear weapon , it has been used multiple times in Ramayana, Indrajit used it against Hanuman, Lakshmana asked permission to use it against Indrajit, which Rama declined, Lakshmana used it to kill Atikaya, Rama used it as final arrow to kill Ravana.
In the epic Mahabharata, it is said that the weapon manifest with the single head of Brahma as its tip. Brahmashirsha astra : A weapon capable of greater destruction than the Brahmastra. It can burn all creation to ashes once discharged, Arjuna and Ashwathama both used it against each other after the Mahabharata war. Capable of killing even heavens. Was used by Ashwatthama on Parikshit. It is thought that the Brahmashirsha is the evolution of the Brahmastra, 4 times stronger than Brahmastra.
Numerous peals of thunder were heard, thousands of meteors fell and all living creatures became terrified with great dread. The entire sky seemed to be filled with noise and assumed a terrible aspect with flames of fire. The whole earth with her mountains and waters and trees trembled. It will not rain for 12 years in that area and everything including metal and earth becomes poisoned. In Mahabharata era sage Agnivesha, Drona, Ashwatthama, Arjuna possessed the knowledge to invoke this weapon.
Brahmanda astra : This is the most powerful weapon of Brahma. In the epic Mahabharata, it is said that the weapon manifest with the all five heads of Brahma as its tip. Brahma earlier lost his fifth head when he fought with Siva.
This weapon is said to possess the power to destroy entire solar system or brahmand, the 14 realms according to Hindu cosmology. The rishi of this weapon is Para Brahman. It is said to be the most difficult astra to obtain. Capable of destroying entire universe in a blink of an eye. Vishvamitra used all kinds of divine weapons against sage Vashistha , even Pashupatastra , but the Brahma-dhanda astra of Vashistha neutralized and swallowed all astra weapon of Vishwamitra proving that Brahma-dhanda astra is the most powerful of all astras.
Mahadeva literally means "Highest of all gods" and Mahakali means "Goddess who is beyond time". This weapon was granted to Arjuna by Shiva. It is the most destructive and foreboding weapon in Mahabharata. It was first used by Shiva for the destruction of tripura. It is capable of destroying entire multiverse. In Ramayana, Vishvamitra possessed this mighty weapon. In Mahabharat era, Apart from Arjuna no one possessed this weapon.
Vaishnavastra is the most powerful astra in the universe along with the Narayanastra. The personal missile weapon of Krishna , once fired it cannot be thwarted by any means, save by the will of Vishnu Himself. Krishna gave this astra to his cousin Arjuna.
Rama, Krishna, Arjuna possessed this weapon. Nagapasham: is the celestial weapon equal to Nagastra". Garudastra:The eagle weapon to counter against the Nagastra. Anjalikastra : The personal weapon of Indra. This is the astra used by Arjuna to slay Karna in the Mahabharata war. It cannot be countered by any weapon and could not be stopped by anyone except Rama.
Bhargavastra: this is the astra created by Parasurama, he gave it to Karna in the Mahabharata. Parvatastra: one of the most dangerous weapon, once it used mountains from sky fall in to the earth. Vasavi Shakti: The magical dart weapon of Indra , unfailing at executing its target. Indra granted it to Karna during the Kurukshetra war , in Mahabharata it was used by karna to kill Ghatotkacha. Vajra : The thunderbolt weapon of Indra , who is the God of thunder and lightning, akin to Zeus and Jupiter.
Later, Indra gave his Vajra to his son Arjuna. Apart from Indra, only Arjuna possessed it. Agneyastra: The fire weapon, created by Agni , master of the flames Varunastra : The water weapon, created by Varuna , master of the oceans Vayavastra: The wind weapon, created by Vayu Samvarta: Weapon belonging to Yama used by Bharata to annihilate thirty million gandharvas in a moment, tearing them to pieces. Twashtastra: When used against a group of opponents such as an army , would cause them to mistake each other for enemies and fight each other.
Sooryastra: Create a dazzling light that would dispel any darkness about and dry up water bodies. Sabda vedastra: This weapon prevents an opponent from turning invisible.
Used by Arjuna against the Gandharva king Chitrasena. Gandharvastra: Created by Gandharva King Chitrasena who defeated the combined force of Duryodhan and made Karna flee the battlefield. He gave it to Arjuna. Mayastra: Dispel any form of maya or sorcery in the vicinity.
It was possessed by Arjuna. Manavastra: Created by Manu, it could overcome supernatural protections and carry the target hundreds of miles away.
Can inspire humane traits in an evil being. This weapon was used by Rama on Maricha. Bhaumastra: Created by Goddess Bhumi Devi, the weapon could create tunnels deep into the earth and summon jewels. The three potential astras are Vaishnavastra, Pashupatastra and Brahmanda astra. However, these astras cannot harm four principle gods i.
Brahma , Vishnu , Shiva , and Devi as they are the supreme manifestation of the divine.
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In Book 1, again in the context of Karna, Duryodhana remarks, "the origins of heroes and rivers are indeed difficult to understand". The work is written in Classical Sanskrit and is a composite work of revisions, editing and interpolations over many centuries. The oldest parts in the surviving version of the text probably date to about BCE. It is here that his earrings "that make his face shine", as well as the divine breastplate body armor he was born with, are mentioned for the first time. This sets him apart as someone special, with gifts no ordinary mortal has. The epic uses glowing words to describe Karna, but the presentation here is compressed in 21 shlokas unlike the later books which expand the details. The text does not belabor the details about Karna in the early sections, rather uses metaphors and metonyms to colorfully remind the audience of the fabric of a character they already are assumed to be aware of.
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