hi dear ones,
. An Astra is a missile-type weapon which is to be hurled at an enemy. Examples include arrows from bows. A Shastra is a personal weapon, like swords and maces, which must be constantly operated by the warrior.
- Brahmadanda : This is the most powerful weapon in the universe.It contained the spiritual power of the 7 greatest sages of Hinduism.
No other weapon in the universe be it the Brahmastra,Pashupatastra,Brahmasira, Amoghashakti,Vajra, Narayanastra, Vaishnavastra or even the Sudarshana Chakra can hold cradle to it. This astra is the most powerful weapon of Lord Brahma.
- Narayanastra: the personal missile weapon of Vishnu in his Narayana form, this astra lets loose a powerful tirade of millions of deadly missiles simultaneously. The intensity of the shower increases with resistance. The only solution is total submission before the missile, given which it will stop. The Narayanastra was first used by Lord Rama in the ‘Ramayana’. Then, thousands of years later, this astra was again used by Ashwatthama in the Mahabharata war against the Pandava army.
- Vaishnavastra: the personal missile weapon of Vishnu, once fired it cannot be thwarted by any means, save by the will of Vishnu Himself. This astra was used by King Bhagadatta ,son of Narakasura and king of Pragjyotsa (modern day Burma)in the Mahabharata war against Arjuna.This Vaisnhavastra was stopped by Shri Krishna himself as Arjun couldn’t stop it even with his most powerful weapons.
- Kaumodaki: the divine mace weapon of Vishnu; invincible and without parallel.
- Sudarshana Chakra: the magical chakra, a spinning discus with sharp outer spears. The Sudarshan flies at the command of Vishnu, spinning away to tear off the heads of His opponents, or to perform any function desired by Vishnu. It was most famously used by His Avatar Krishna in the Mahabharata.
- Nandaki: The Sword of Lord Vishnu.
- Saranga: The Celestial Bow of Lord Vishnu.
- Pashupata: It is believed in Hindu mythology that Pashupatastra is one of the most devastating weapon as it weapon of Godhead Mahadeva.Mahadeva literally means “Highest of all god”. The weapon granted to Arjuna by Lord Shiva is one of the most destructive & forbidden weapon in The Mahabharata. It is said to have the power to change the course of Creation and Destruction However Arjuna used this weapon in the Mahabharata war only once for killing Jayadratha as the Sindhu king had obtained a boon from Lord Shiva that he(Jayadratha) could be killed only by the Pashupatastra . Discharged by the mind, eyes, words or a bow, the Pashupata is the irresistible and most destructive personal weapon of Shiva. Never to be used against lesser enemies and by lesser warriors, the Pashupata is capable of destroying creation and vanquishing all beings.
- Trishula: the terrifying trident-staff of Shiva
- Pinak: the bow of Shiva
- Brahmashir Astra: a weapon capable of greater destruction than the Brahmastra.It is said to be evolution of Brahmastra .It can burn all creation to ashes once discharged. Gifted by Brahma
- Brahmastra: imbibed with the mystical force of Creator Brahma, this is considered the most fearsome weapon in mythological works. The releaser of 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.
- Nagastra: The snake weapon, used by Karna against Arjuna in Kurukshetra war. It is considered as next only to Brahmastra. It has fame that it never misses its target.
- Shakti: the magical dart weapon of Indra, unfailing at executing its target. Indra granted it to Karna during the Kurukshetra war. The Mahabharata also refers to it as the Amoghastra.
- Vajra: the thunderbolt weapon of Indra, who is the God of Thunder and Lightning, akin to Zeus and Jupiter in Greek and Roman mythology.
- Agniyastra: the fire weapon, incepted by God Agni, master of the flames.
- Varunastra: the water weapon, incepted by God Varuna, master of the oceans, rivers and lakes.
- Vayavastra: the wind weapon, incepted by God Vayu, master of wind.
Although the power Astras are said to be capable of destructing creation they did not harm Krishna or Vishnu or Shiva or Brahma. Because all of them are the Avatar of God.
Arranged in the tabloid form as follows:
|Aindraastra||Indra, god of weather||Would bring about a ‘shower’ of arrows from the sky.|
|Agneyastra||Agni, god of fire||The weapon discharged would emit flames inextinguishable through normal means.|
|Varunaastra||Varuna, god of water||The weapon discharged would release torrential volumes of water. This weapon is commonly mentioned as used to counter the Agneyastra.|
|Nagaastra||The Nagas||The weapon would have an inerring aim and take on the form of a snake, proving deadly upon impact.|
|Nagapaasha||The Nagas||Upon impact, this weapon would bind the target in coils of living venomous snakes.(in the Ramayana, it was used against Lord Rama and Lakshmana by Indrajit)|
|Vayvayaastra||Vayu, god of wind||Bring about a gale capable of lifting armies off the ground.|
|Suryastra||Surya, god of the sun||Create a dazzling light that would dispel any darkness about.|
|Vajra||Indra, god of weather||Target would be struck with bolts of lightning (vajra referring to Indra’s thunderbolt).|
|Mohini||Mohini, an avatar of Vishnu||Dispel any form of maya or sorcery in the vicinity.|
|Twashtar||Twashtri, the heavenly builder||When used against a group of opponents (such as an army), would cause them to mistake each other for enemies and fight each other.|
|Sammohana/Pramohana||Would cause entire hosts/armies to collapse in a trance.|
|Parvataastra||Would cause a Parvata/mountain to fall on the target from the skies.|
|Brahmaastra||Brahma, the Creator||Would destroy entire hosts at once. Could also counter most other astras.|
|Brahmasirsha||Brahma, the Creator||Capable of killing devas. Was used by Ashwatthama on Parikshit. It is thought that the Brahmasirsha is the evolution of the Brahmastra|
|Narayanastra||Vishnu, the Preserver||Would create showers of arrows and discs. The astra’s power would increase with the resistance offered to it. This weapon had to be obtained from Vishnu directly, and could be used only once. If the user were to attempt invoking it a second time, it would rebound on him, and possibly, his troops.|
|Vaishnavaastra||Vishnu, the Preserver||Would destroy target completely, irrespective of target’s nature. Infallible. This weapon had to be obtained from Vishnu directly.|
|Pashupatastra||Shiva, the Destroyer||Would destroy target completely, irrespective of target’s nature. Infallible. This weapon had to be obtained from Shiva directly.|
Something of Modern Times…………..
Only seven years after the first successful atom bomb blast in New Mexico, Dr. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) Scientist, philosopher, bohemian, and radical. A theoretical physicist and the Supervising Scientist of the Manhattan Project, who was familiar with ancient Sanskrit literature, were giving a lecture at Rochester University. During the question and answer period a student asked a question to which Oppenheimer gave a strangely qualified answer:
|Student: Was the bomb exploded at Alamogordo during the Manhattan Project the first one to be detonated?Dr. Oppenheimer: “Well — yes. In modern times, of course.|
Charles Berlitz (Charles Frambach Berlitz (November 20, 1914 – December 18, 2003) was a linguist and language teacher known for his books on anomalous phenomena, as well as his language-learning courses) goes on to quote a number of passages from the Mahabharata that describe the impact of a weapon that I suspect must be the brahmaastra, although he neither names the weapon nor cites those sections of the text from which his quotations are drawn (he lists Protap Chandra Roy‘s translation of 1889 in his bibliography):
…a single projectile Charged with all the power of the Universe.
An incandescent column of smoke and flame As bright as ten thousand Suns Rose in all its splendor……it was an unknown weapon, An iron thunderbolt, A gigantic messenger of death, Which reduced to ashes. The Entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas….the corpses were so burned As to be unrecognizable. Their hair and nails fell out; Pottery broke without apparent cause, And the birds turned white. After a few hours all foodstuffs were infected……To escape from this fire. The soldiers threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment…
One is reminded of the yet unknown final effect of a super-bomb when we read in the Ramayana of a projectile:
…So powerful that it could destroy
The earth in an instant –
A great soaring sound in smoke and flames…
And on it sits Death…