The Brahmastra was a weapon created by Brahma. It was considered a very destructive weapon. The Brahmastra never missed its mark. In the Mahabharata, a few Maharathis possessed the knowledge to invoke the Brahmastra. So what are the other types of weapons called Brahmashirsha astra and Brahmanda astra? Any one knows any information about theses type of weapons?

  • Brahmashirsha astra was also a deadly weapon. Its knowledge was possessed by Arjuna (fully) and Ashwatthama (partially) during Mahabharata. The later used it on an unborn child and got cursed by the lord Krishna to roam around the world until the end of Kaliyuga. – iammilind Jan 22 '15 at 6:20
  • @iammilind i think Arjuna and few Maharathis possessed the knowledge to invoke Brahmastra weapon only not Brahmashirsha astra or Brahmanda astra. – Dharma Jan 22 '15 at 6:50

I have read complete mahabharata translated by KM Ganguly and Rajgopalchary separately and have gone through various articles posted and updated by many persons in different web pages. I have come to a conclusion that there were only Brahmastra,Brahmashirsha Astra,and Brahmadanda. Knowledge of Bhahmastra was known to manya great warriors and gurus like Guru Parashurama,Guru Drona, Guru Kripacharya, Bhisma,Arjuna, Krisna, Satyaki,Pradumna, Annirudhha, Asswatthama,ofcourse Karna with the curse that he will forget it when he needed it the most against an equivalent opponent. However Brahmashirsha Weapon having 4 heads of Lord Brahma is more powerful and destructive than Bhahmastra probably evolution of the latter. This knowledge was imparted to Arjuna and Aswatthama through Guru Drona. Though Aswatthama was having the knowledge of invoking the weapon but not revoking one unlike Arjuna. Drona purposefully didn't want to impart the full knowledge to Aswatthama as he didn't trust him as he had on Arjuna because the person having both the knowledge can hurl the missile as many times as he wants and Drona didn't want that option to be availabe with Aswatthama. There is no mention having Bhisma, Karna, Kripa,Satyaki having or using this weapon. However the weapon Brahmadanda was given to only Brahmins eg: Vasista, Parsurama, Drona etc, which is capable of engulfing both Brahmastra and Brahmashirsha astra which was not imparted to any of the khatriya warriors.

  • You should cite sources. – Keshav Srinivasan Mar 6 '15 at 15:25
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    That 's true my friend. For this one you need it because, some information is wrong. Anyone can have the powerful Brahmanda Astra. They just need to do penance to Lord Brahma as it can only be attained by him directly. – Shyam Sep 18 '16 at 4:54

brahmandastra is the most powerful weapon.it is made up of Brahma 5 heads.it is usefully to neutralize the narayanaastra or pasupathastra.karna, parushuram ,drona and bhism have this.and parushuram ram cursed karna to forget this mantra at the time when most needed.and Brahmashirsha is the second best karna arjuna bhism drona drona parushuram have this weapon

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    Welcome to Hinduism.SE. For questions concerning Hindu mythology, you should cite sources. Please see the reasoning here. – sv. Feb 9 '16 at 17:01
  • Not all the time sv. By the way nobody knows this, but Arjuna also possessed the Brahmanda Astra and used it on Dronacharya. Lord Krishna stopped Arjuna from doing so as it will destroy creation. – Shyam Sep 18 '16 at 4:51

All three weapon had equal power of the trinety the trimurthi all three respected each other at the last all the three manifiest as one GOD. Dint go by puranas its has very confusing topics written by some writer marking that particular god as supreme. Geeta teaches where the almighty manifiest has said that he is in every one and every one is within him. Hence when trinety weapon like bramastra is discharge it has nither any counter and in vedic days when it was discharged þe sages who had deep tapasyra bramrishis always sought some remedies to control it and save the mankind. Guru rishi vasitha was bramrishi had done deep menance hence when rishi vishwamitra discarge it rishis deep tapasya and yagna attributed in face fbramastra ie the suprame lord was protecting him.

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    Welcome to Hinduism.SE. You should cote sources to back your answer. – Triyugi Narayan Mani Feb 6 '18 at 4:41

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