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In ancient Sanskrit writings, the Brahmastra was a weapon created by Brahma. more »

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Brahmastras are weapons from Hindu mythology (ancient history?) with effects not unlike nuclear bombs, except the scant description implies a more ray-like weapon. Modern science fiction describes such weapons as variants of Star Wars' Death Star, but on a smaller scale and more portable.

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Power of Brahmashira Astra = (Brahmastra) ** 4 = (Brahmastra) X (Brahmastra) X (Brahmastra) X (Brahmastra) 1) (i) Brahmastram: Ahirbudhnya Samhita of the Panjcaratra Agama volume 1: "phantam vahnisamayuktam vyoma halasamanvitam | mesadvayam dantayutam halahalamatah param || 34-5 || ghanadyam vayupurvam ca dantayuktamathantimam | sarasam carksaparyayam bhantam bhrgumatahh param || 34-6 || ambaram vayusamyuktamarimardanamapyatah | pradIptamatha vaktavyam paramam ca padam tatah || 34-7 || tatte pade prayoktavye gayatryaA madhyamam tatahH | padatrayam prayoktavyametad brahmastramIritam || 34-8 ||" “It contains air, fire and cosmic poison, two goat-like fangs, full of poison, weighty, emits air, contains mercury, fiery, sparkling, sky is filled with air, enemy killing greatly radiant and it is projected with three hymn, Gayatri at its centre, it is known as brahma-astra…” As described in a number of the Puranas, it was considered the deadliest weapon. It was said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counter attack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma. The Brahmastra never missed its mark and had to be used with very specific intent against an individual enemy or army, as the target would face complete annihilation. It was believed to be obtained by meditating on the Creator in the Vedas, Lord Brahma; it could only be used once in a lifetime. The user would have to display immense amounts of mental concentration. According to ancient Sanskrit writings, the Brahmastra is invoked by a key phrase or invocation that is bestowed upon the user when given this weapon. Through this invocation the user can call upon the weapon and use it via a medium against his adversary. The weapon was also believed to cause severe environmental damage. The land where the weapon was used became barren and all life in and around that area ceased to exist, as both women and men became infertile. There was also a severe decrease in rainfall with the land developing cracks, like in a drought. (ii) Brahmastra Prayoga In Scriptures; Vishvamitra used it against Vasishta, but the Brahmastra was swallowed by Brahmadanda, Lord Brahma's countermeasure against the Brahmastra. In the Ramayana a Brahmastra is used by Shri Rama as the "final blow" against Rakshasa Ravana during their battle in Lanka. Also, Indrajit used Brahmastra against Hanuman when he was destroying Ashok Forest after meeting Sita. Lakshmana (Shri Rama's younger brother) also tried to use it with Indrajit in the same battle, but Rama stopped him from using the weapon saying, "his use of the Brahamastra was not justified, nor would it benefit mankind." In Mahabharata, Karna was planning to use the Brahmastra to fight Arjuna, but because of Parasurama's curse he was unable to do so. 2) (i) Brahmashira Astra: Brahma had created a weapon even more powerful than the Brahmastra, called the Brahmashira. The Brahmashira was never used in war, as it was four times exponentialy powerful than the Brahmastra, i.e Fourth power square, as the name suggests, since Brahma has Four Heads. (ii) Brahmashira Astra Prayoga In Mahabharata: Only Arjuna and Ashwatthama possessed the knowledge to summon the Brahmashira. The confrontation of Arjuna and Ashwatthama in Mahabharata, where Arjuna retracts his weapon as ordered, but Ashwatthama, unable to do so, instead sends it to attack Arjuna's unborn grandson, Parikshit, who is subsequently saved by Krishna. The confrontation of Arjuna and Ashwatthama is also said to have involved the four square more destructive weapon, the Brahmashira. In this version Ashwatthama did not have his bow and arrow near him when he was confronted by Arjuna. So he took a piece of straw and after silently invoking the proper phrase he threw the straw at Arjuna, which carried the power of the Brahmashiras. In response, Arjuna also invoked the Brahmashira to counter Ashwatthama's, but the collision of two Brahmashiras would have destroyed the universe, so Vyasdev came between the two Brahmashiras, preventing their collision. Arjuna called back his Brahmashira, but Aswathama did not know how to do this, so he commanded his weapon to attack the unborn grandchild of Arjuna (Parikshit).

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In Mahabharata: Guru Dronacharya used Brahmastra against the common soldiers,which was against the all canons of laws of righteous fight. Divine astras could be used against one's equals only. Dhristadhyumna came to fight with Drona again. Drona had killed two great warriors of the Pandavas sides. Drona killed three sons of Dhristadhyumna and Drupada and Virata. Dhristadhyumna was now wild at the killing of his sons and of his father. He attacked acharya again and again but did not succeed. Drona too used many astras against him and finally he invoked Brahmastra. Composed perhaps as early as 1,000 B.C.E., the Mahabharata there are references to use of over forty devastating weapons, the most severe of which may have been the brahmastra. This device is described multiple times within the Mahabharata, but detailed perhaps best in the text of Srimad Bhagavatam, a commentary of divine Hindu knowledge, compiled by Vyasa. “saṁhatyānyonyam ubhayos tejasī śara-saṁvṛte āvṛtya rodasī khaṁ ca vavṛdhāte 'rka-vahnivat
” The translation of this Sanskrit passage reads as follows: “When the rays of the two brahmastras combined, a great circle of fire, like…the sun, covered…whole firmament of planets.” The heat created by the flash of a brahmāstra resembles the fire exhibited in the sun globe at the time of cosmic annihilation. The radiation of atomic energy is very insignificant in comparison to the heat produced by a brahmāstra. The atomic bomb explosion can at utmost blow up one globe, but the heat produced by the brahmāstra can destroy the whole cosmic situation. The comparison is therefore made to the heat at the time of annihilation. In Ramayana: Indrajit, who was skilled in the use of all weapons, invoked the Brahmastra weapon of Lord Brahma. He also recited an incantation to protect his bow, chariot and other things. While he was invoking weapons and offering oblations into the sacrificial fire, the sky with the sun, planets, moon and stars became frightened. After offering oblations in the fire, Indrajit, who was splendorous like fire and equal to Indra in might, made himself, along with his bow, arrows, sword, chariot, horses and chariot, invisible in the sky. Stumbling toward each other, the monkeys howled loudly and fell down. Struck by arrows while looking up toward the sky, some monkeys grabbed each other and fell on the ground. Using lances, pikes and arrows charmed with mystic incantations, Indrajit pierced the prominent monkeys, such as Hanuman, Sugreeva, Angada, Gandhamaadana, Jambavan, Sushena, Vegadarshi, Mainda, Dvivida, Nila, Gavaaksha, Gavaya, Kesari, Hariloma, Vidyuddamshtra, Suryanana, Jyotirmukha, Dadhimukha, Pavakaksha, Nala and Kumuda. Having wounded the monkey troop leaders with his maces and golden arrows, Indrajit showered Rama and Lakshmana with volleys of arrows as bright as sun beams. Unaffected by the shower of arrows, as if it were just a shower of rain, Rama, who was exhibiting the most incredible splendor, looked at Lakshmana and said: “Resorting to a Brahmastra weapon and striking down many monkey soldiers, Indrajit is now tormenting us with his sharp arrows. Since Indrajit has received a boon from Lord Brahma, he therefore has great determination. Making his horrible form invisible, he stands with raised weapons. How then can he be killed? I know that Lord Brahma is inconceivable and that he is the origin of this particular weapon. As such, endure this shower of arrows with Me right now. This Rakshasa is in fact covering all directions with a shower of arrows. What is more, Sugreeva’s entire army, whose outstanding warriors have fallen, no longer looks very well. If Indrajit finds Us fallen on the ground unconscious and bereft of anger and joy, he will surely leave the battleground and return to Lanka to receive accolades for his exceptional prowess in combat.” After that, the two princes allowed themselves to be seriously injured by Indrajit’s weapons. Having caused the two princes difficulty, that leader of rakshasas roared jubilantly. When Indrajit finished afflicting the enemy, he suddenly entered the city of Lanka which was under the protection of Ravana. As he was being praised by the practitioners of the black arts, Indrajit joyfully told everything to his father.Indraji used Brahmastra against Lakshmana but not succeeded.

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It is a fictional weapon so no one owned it unless you are asking who owned it in the story itself ~~

Chosen Answer by jayaraman

These Astras (weapons) are heavenly weapons owned by different Gods and Devas. In Hindu Puranas and mythology is it said these weapons are given as boon by the Gods to his devotee or the persons who did Thava (meditation) praying him on certain conditions etc., and after that it will go back to the owners. It is given again to someone else. In the present age belief of God is reducing and so Gods are not giving dharshan or granting boons like in the mythological age. Now the meaning of BRAHMASTRA, AGNEYASTRA - Brahmastra is an arrow created by Brahma. One of the deadliest of weapons that a person can possess (as in Hindu Puranas), it is often speculated in the likeness of a nuclear weapon. It is said that when a Brahmastra is used there will be famine on earth and for 12 years there would be no flora and fauna where it was used, unless the weapon is withdrawn properly following the procedure laid down in the scriptures. The Agneyastra is the fire weapon, incepted by God Agni, master of the flames-.

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