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Celestial Weapons

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There are two types of celestial weapons

1. Astre : a missile-type weapon that is to be hurled at an enemy. Examples include arrows from bows

2. Shastre :  is a personal weapon, like swords and maces, that 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 – Bhrigu, Agastya, Jamadagni, Vasistha, Bharadwaja, Gautama and Kashyapa. This astre is the most powerful weapon of Lord Brahma.
Pashupatastra: It is believed in Hindu mythology that Pashupatastra is one of the most devastating weapons, as it is the weapon of the consort of the Godhead Mahadeva, i.e. Mahakali. Mahadeva literally means “Highest of all god” and Mahakali means Goddess who is beyond time. This weapon, granted to Arjuna by Lord Shiva, is one of the most destructive and foreboding weapon in The Mahabharata. It is said to have the power to change the course of Creation and Destruction. This irresistible Pashupatastra was used twice by Arjuna in the entire Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra to kill Jayadratha, the monarch of the Sindhu empire (modern day Pakistan) and by killing the entire host of kalakeyas, enemies of Indra Narayanastra: Invincible and painful, this astra is unconquerable except by total submission.
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.
Brahmastra: Embedded with the mystical force of Creator 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.
Nagastre: The snake weapon, used by Karna against Arjuna in Kurukshetra war. It is considered as an irresistible weapon equal to the Brahmastra. It has a fame that never misses its target. Vasavi 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. Agneyastra: The fire weapon, created by the God Agni, master of the flames.
Varunastre: The water weapon, created by the God Varuna, master of the oceans, rivers and lakes. Vayavastra: The wind weapon, created by the God Vayu, master of wind. Although the power astras are said to be capable of destroying creation, they did not harm Shakti, Vishnu, Shiva or Brahma, because all of them are the personifications of God.








2 Responses to Celestial Weapons

  1. Bhaskar October 8, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    Pasupat Astra was used only once- to destroy the “Nibatkabaches”

  2. Bhaskar October 8, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Pasupat Astra Was used only once by Arjuna to destroy the “Nibat Kabaches”

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