Similar to the Brahmastra, this is another weapon with increased effects. acquired by mere training or meditation, it could During the ancient Hindu times, there existed powerful weapons that were so powerful that it had more destructive force than the advanced nuclear weapons. as the arrows of Apollo as well as modern nuclear Parasurama, Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Arjuna and Ashwatthama, Capable of killing devas. There are also the alien theorists, who believe ancient India was in contact with some unkown alien species who provided advance technologies including Weapons of Mass Destruction to the then Indian sub continent.There are also a group of proud nationalists/fundamentalists who believe that science and technology was advanced enough in ancient India to create weapons of mass destruction, aircrafts etc.And finally there are also those analysts who question the very description of the power and effects of some of these weapons in the epic. In the Mahabharata war, Bhagadatta used the Vaishnavastra against Arjun, and Krishna stood up and let the arrow hit him which in turn becomes a garland. Meghnad had a boon that he couldn’t be killed after performing a yagya. The Mahabharata explains this weapon when invoked â It Blaze up with terrible flames with a huge sphere. Parashurama gave this astra to Karna. Let’s discuss some of the characters of Ramayana and their weapons here: In the Mahabharata and Ramayana, Brahmastra is the most popular weapon and most significantly written weapon, in that it is evident in various scriptures as well. And Krishna was probably the greatest warrior who could handle the chakra weapon with ease, and probably the only one who was renowned during the period to make the Chakra an efficient weapon for wars. He used Varunaastra while attacking Meghnad, the son of Ravana. Everything in that entire area would be poisoned including metal & earth. Weapons hurled with the help of machines are called. It's still quite unrealistic to imagine that someone during the Mahabharata period had the skills/technology to deceive the enemy with illusions as mentioned in the epic. . amounts of mental concentration. It required great sacrifice and This weapon can only be used once in a lifetime and could do severe damages. Another mysterious description indeed. This weapon is mentioned in the Vedas as the weapon of last resort and was never to be used in combat . Weapons which are hurled with the power of mantras are called. This weapon is said to possess the power to destroy the entire solar systems or Brahmand, the 14 realms according to Hindu cosmology. Today we could think of gases like halothane vapour (Fluothane), methyl propyl ether (Neothyl), methoxyflurane (Penthrane) and the undisclosed fentanyl derivative, all of which could put people to sleep. Rama also used Prasvapna. Throwing of stones, spears etc would fall under this. Another possibility is the acquiring of a machine/device that keeps moving arrows from different parts of the charriot to his quiver when it gets emptied. It would bring total annihilation. The Mahabharata gives much detail about this weapon and narrates it as a weapon with a single projectile charged with all the power of the universe. deadliest weapon. Only Rama and Ravana had knowledge about this weapon. There are various When released, the weapon summons several monsters and a huge spirit which personifies the weapon. And assuming even 10% of the description being real, would still make this a real mysterious weapon. The description of the effects of Pashupatastra is also very severe, except that this weapon is described more as a personal attack weapon which destructs the surroundings as well (unlike the Brahma, Brahmashirsha and Brahmanda whose effects are more related to explosions and devastations). Another possibility is that the arrow head gets cut off once the arrow pierces the target. Within hours all foodstock were infected. There had been a condition that Meghnad couldn’t touch any weapon while he was performing the yagya. With the background set clear and the popular beliefs and possible reality behind the celestrial weapons, a short introduction to a few of the different celestial weapons desribed in the epic is covered below. One probability is that some kind of chemical of this nature was discovered by someone and then integrated into a warhead, which Arjuna learnt during one of his tours. The Each time the weapon is summoned, its head is never the same. It could not be Hanuman had to resort to Garud when nobody could free Rama and Lakshman. According to Dhanurveda weapons are divided into four kinds as per the use of such weapons. with only a handful of greatest of the great Vibheeshana had guided Rama about this weapon. This weapon take on the form of a snake, proving deadly upon impact. What this weapon did was it mentally twisted asuras mind that they thought the person next to them was Rama, and thus, they fought with each other and ultimately ended up killing each other. As described in a This astra possesses Parashurama's skill in archery. It caused great damage to Pandavas army. As per the ancient texts, the weapon is assumed to be four times the power … Creator in Sanatana Dharma, it is believed by Hindus While the creation and usage of all other types of weapons are crystal clear and are very much realistic in nature, the effects and usage of the Mantramukta weapons described in the epic are hard to believe since no clear description of the method to use or invoke these weapons are known to today's mankind.
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