In ancient Indian warfare Sastras and Astras were used. Sastra is a physical weapon that cuts/injures/kills/enemy while an Astra has a mantra associated with its use (projection).

What records do we have of some famous mantras for Astras e.g., Brahmastra, Nagastra or Varunastra? Granting that these would have been kept secret even in those times, is there any Vedic book/reference or other source that describes the content and procedure for use of projectiles powered by a mantra meant to be used with an Astra?

  • astras are all imginary. if they were real Hindus would have defended themselves better againt Greeks,Muslims et al.
    – S K
    Jan 30, 2018 at 18:02
  • There is no power in them, they are all lies?
    – Narasimham
    Jan 30, 2018 at 18:20
  • "lies" is too strong - they are all poetic imagination. It took the US billions of dollars to be able to "hit a bullet with a bullet" missile defense, when you see ancient Hindu warfare as depicted on TV serials - they routinely hit an arrow with an arrow.
    – S K
    Jan 30, 2018 at 18:51
  • i don't think any Texts will cover these details. They will be known only to the disciples from their Gurus directly.. Like what the Mantra is and how to apply it.. etc..
    – Rickross
    Jan 31, 2018 at 5:58
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    As per my knowledge they are sealed so people of kaliyuga could not use them take a look— hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/21534/… Jan 31, 2018 at 13:49

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The most easily available astra is Brahmaastra and the deity is Bagalaamukhii. Her panchanga ( 1)Patala 2) Poojaa Paddhati 3) Kavacham 4) Sahasranaamam and 5) Stotram) is easily available in Mantramahaarnava, Shaaktapramod and Saankhyaayana Tantra

Other texts featuring Bagalaamukhii, not so readily available are Jayadratha Yaamala, Ishvaramata Tantra.

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