• Both Karna and Drona were capable of using Brahmastra while battling Ghatotkacha.

  • Drona didn't use brahmastra and in the end Karna used the Divine Weapon that can be used only One Time against Ghatotkacha which was given by Lord Indra.


  • Why Both Drona and Karna didn't kill Ghatotkacha by using Brahmastra ?
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    I don't understand what you are asking in the last line. Your title question doesn't match with what you are asking in the body. BTW, are you doing some kind of research on Brahmāstra...why so many questions on Brahmāstra?! Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 18:30
  • @sv. i have edited it can you undertand that?
    – Sakthi
    Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 2:06
  • @sv. about Brahmastra it seems many places it caused different changes like it can take a crow's eye or it can cause complete destruction so only i referred the places that brahmastra were used and asked what was the reason for not using that as each as a reason
    – Sakthi
    Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 2:09
  • @UdayKrishna thanks and what about karna not using brahmastra
    – Sakthi
    Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 4:42

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As described in a number of Purana, it was considered as a very destructive weapon. It is said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counterattack nor a defense that could stop it, except by another Brahmastra.

Karna didn't use Brahmastra against Ghatotkacha because he knew Arjun also had a Brahmastra to stop it. As Karna possessed a divine weapon Vasavi Shakti(-that Lord Indra had given to him), he saved that weapon for Arjun. But the Kaurava leader Duryodhana appealed to Karna to kill Ghatotkacha And he was unable to refuse Duryodhana, Karna discharged that weapon against Ghatotkacha.

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    So are you saying Indra's Shakti was less powerful than a Brahmastra? Also, how can Arjuna stop a weapon of Karna fired on Ghatotkacha? I don't think war rules allowed that. Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 4:37
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    How karna can use brahmaasthra, is't he was cursed by parashurama?
    – user14752
    Commented Apr 7, 2018 at 5:46

The very first thing, as per Purans if two Bramhastra are used against each other. They will cause destruction of everything i.e. Earth n Nature.

As when Lord Ram used Bramhastra against Ravana, Ravan didn't used Bramhastra as he knw he had a boon from Brahma Dev, which will protect him from brahmastra. But if uses the Brahmastra against lord Ram Brahmastra then their wud b a complete annailation.

Likewise, a warrior like Arjun too knws, what can happen if two Bramhastra used against each other.

Also Bramhastra was the divine weapon of the Creator (Brahma), having power destroy everything thing created by him.

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    Welcome to Hinduism StackExchange! Visit How to Answer. You should cite some sources.
    – Pandya
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 1:15
  • @prit Friend this Link has many sites that contain scriptures, that will be useful to you as you can search the puranas or Itihasa or hindu scriptures in these sites and copy the lines from it and paste in the answer
    – Sakthi
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 14:15

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