Saturday, January 24, 2015

10 Deadly Weapons found in Hindu Mythology

Hindu mythology is made out of numerous traditional narrative in which the most famous of them are Ramanya , the Mahabharata and the Tamil sangam .In all of these narrations its explains about the Gods,Devans, Demon,Sages,Kingdoms and Wars .Right now we are going to talk more on top 10 War Weaponry(Astra) used by the Gods and Devans used to defeat the Demons or Evil force and these weaponries(Astra)  can cause of Annihilation of the enemies and they description  in the ancient scripts tell us that they are extremely dangerous and some of them can be used once in a person's life time.

 

1.Sudarshana Chakra

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Its a spinning disc with 108 serrated edges seen in the hands of Lord vishnu.This was the Gift from Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu and its been said to be made by architect of gods, Vishvakarma.It was made out of the Sun dust , scraps took from the Trident of Shiva .Sudarshana Chakra is considered to be the most powerful weapon in Hindu mythology.When it pursued sage Durvasa,neither Lord Brahama nor Lord Shiva could stop it.Sudarshana Chakra was used to cut the corpse of Sati, the consort of Shiva into 51 pieces after she gave up her life by throwing herself in a yagna (fire sacrifice) of her father Daksha. It is said that Shiva, in grief, carried around her lifeless body and was inconsolable. The 51 parts of the goddess' body were then tossed about in different parts of the Indian subcontinent and came to be known as "Shakti Peethas".

 

2.Trishula

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Trishula is simply a trident which in the hands of the lord Shiva or goddess Shakthi .Unlike the Poisedan’s Trident where it can only controls oceans , A Trishula has way more powerful features lord Shiva has used it to destroy  many numbers of demon we can possibly imagine of and control anything.A Trishula  can nullify any supernatural weapons and once used it can never be stopped or controlled unless its Stopped by the Lord Shiva himself .Its said of beheaded lord Ganesha who is the most powerful diety of Hindu mythology . Lord Ganesha was put back together by Lord Shiva himself

 

3.Pashupatastra

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This the one of the most deadliest weapon ever known to man kind  next to Trishula  .Its said that this weapon must never to be used against lesser enemies or by lesser warriors, the Pashupatastra is capable of destroying creation and vanquishing all beings.In the Mahabharata Arjuna obtained this weapon from Lord Shiva but did not use it because this weapon would destroy the entire world, if used against a mortal enemy. Arjun didn't used this astra to slay Jayadaratha. It is said that the mantra to obtain and discharge the astra is sealed by Shiva to prevent its misuse in the Kali Yuga. It is said that no one in the three worlds can resist lord Shiva when he shows his prowess.Apart from Arjun,no other warrior possessed this weapon.When released, the weapon summons several monsters and a huge spirit which personifies the weapon. Sometimes it can cause a catastrophic explosion similar to a hydrogen bomb. Each time the weapon is summoned, its head is never the same This weapon had to be obtained from Shiva directly. Infallible, though can be nullified only by any other Astra of Lord Shiva or by an Astra of Lord Vishnu.

 


4.Brahmadanda

Its described as a mythical equivalent of modern day atomic weapons, nuclear and thermonuclear bombs.

Its described in the Mahabharata, is a weapon which is said to be a single projectile charged with all the power of the universe. It is considered equivalent to modern day atom bomb. In Hindu Puranas after a Brahmastra is used it looks more of the nuclear fallout similarly to that of Hiroshima, the event is described as “An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as ten thousand suns rose in all its splendour: 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.” This weapon was used by Arjun in Kurukshetra war and was said to be neutralised by Karna.This weapon can be obtained only through Lord Brahma or  from a Guru who knows it and it could only be used once in a day. The user would have to display immense amounts of mental concentration.

 


5.Brahmashira

Brahmashirsha astra is the evolution of the Brahmadanda , 4 times stronger than the Brahmadanda . It is similar to modern day hydrogen bombs or thermonuclear (fusion) bombs. In the Mahabharata, it is said that the weapon would manifest with the four heads of Lord Brahma as its tip. This astra can be invoked by using sacred mantras onto any object, even to a blade of grass.

In the Mahabharata, it is explained that when this weapon is invoked "it blazes up with terrible flames within a huge sphere of fire. Numerous peals of thunder were heard; thousands of meteors fell; and all living creatures became filled with great dread. The entire welkin seemed to be filled with noise and assumed a terrible aspect with those flames of fire. The whole earth with her mountains and waters and trees, trembled." When it strikes an area it will cause complete destruction and nothing will grow, not even a blade of grass for next 12 years. It will not rain for 12 years in that area and everything including metal or earth would be poisoned.

6.Narayanastra

Its the most personal weapon of lord Vishnu it turn fires a powerful tirade of millions of deadly missiles simultaneously. The intensity of the shower increases with increase in resistance. The only way of defense towards this missile, is to show total submission before the missiles hit. This in turn will cause this weapon to stop and spare the target.Ashwathama,uses this weapons against the Panadavas in the battle of Kurukshetra to escape from this warriors need to drop their weapons and lie down on the ground, so that they all surrender completely to the power of the weapon. It was also said that this weapon can be used only once in a war and if one tries to use it twice, then it would devour the user's own army.


7.Bhargavastra

Parsurama is owner of this astra and he provided this powerful weapon to Karna.This astra possesses Parashurama's skill in archery. Infallible. It brings a shower of much more powerful weapons than the Indrastra and could cause total destruction of a planet if not retracted.Even though Arjuna claimed Bhargava Weapon couldnt be baffled,yet Arjuna had managed to neutralise Karna's Bhargava weapon by his own Brahmastra.This happened in section 89 of Karna Parva.Arjuna launched Brahmastra on Karna's Bhargavastra after waiting for a long time since Brahmastra could only be used if other weapons fails to nullify the opponent's weapon.If Bhargava weapon was not neutralised,it would have consumed the entire Pandava Army but thanks to Arjuna's Brahmastra,it didnt happen.

 

8.Vajrayudha

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Vajrayudha is  more like the Hammer of Thor that is said to set struck with bolts of lightning on the enemies on the larger scales and this  weapon made from the bone of sage Dadhichi.  According to myth, Indra, the king of the deva was once driven out of devaloka (Heaven)by an asura named Vritra. The asura was the recipient of a boon whereby he could not be killed by any weapon that was known till the date of his receiving the boon and additionally that no weapon made of wood or metal could harm him .So this asura (Demon) steals all the water of the world and leaves the entire planet to die in thrist .Indra seeks the help of lord vishnu and Vishnu revealed to Indra that only the weapon made from the bones of the sage Dadhichi would defeat Vritra. Dadhichi is then said to have given up his life by the art of yoga after which the gods fashioned the vajrayudha from his spine .

 

9.Twashtar

Tvaṣṭṛ is a solar deity in the epic of Mahabharata and the Harivaṃsa. He is mentioned as the son of Kasyapa and Aditi, and is said to have made the three worlds with pieces of the Sun god Surya.When used against a group of opponents (such as an army), would cause them to mistake each other for enemies and fight each other.

10.Devastra

Devastra is another name for Divyastra which means a divine weapon.Agneya Astra is connected to the Fire God Agni,it may be similar to a packet of inflammatory material that is attached to the tip of an arrow. 2. Varunastra is connect to the rain God Varuna,may be a packet of water that can drench the fire of the above astra 3. Vayavya Astra is connected to the Air God Vayu, it may be a packet of compressed air that will spread the fire created by the Agneya stra .

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