Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [weapon]

For questions about Astra (Sanskrit: अस्त्र), a divine/supernatural weapon like Brahmaastra, Trishul, Sudarshana Chakra etc.

4
votes
0answers
73 views

How knowledge of weapons (shastra) शस्त्र got lost?

How did the knowledge of great weapons like Bramhastra got lost in Hinduism tradition? As can be seen in Ramayan and Mahabharat, Gurus used to give knowledge of weapons to their shishya which were ...
2
votes
2answers
93 views

Did anyone ever receive Lord Shiva's Trishul as a boon?

In Hindu mythology,different weapons have been received from Lord Shiva.But I was wondering if there is any mention of anyone receiving Lord Shiva's Trishul as a boon.
2
votes
0answers
46 views

Why is the holding of Chakra different in different images of Vishnu

In northern parts of India, Sri Vishnu holds Sudarshana Chakra on His forefinger. But in the Southern parts of India, He is seen holding the chakra within two fingers (as seen in the enclosed images). ...
1
vote
0answers
47 views

Has any Asura or Rakshasa destroyed a city with an Astra, like the Brahmastra?

It is recorded in the Puranas and Itihasas that Krishna and Shiva destroyed some cities, like Kashi and Tripura respectively, with astras and other celestial weapons. My question is, has any Asura (...
-4
votes
1answer
66 views

Do Hindu scriptures allow the use of weapons of mass destruction like the Brahmastra to annihilate the civilian population of a foreign country?

In the Mahabharata, Krishna destroyed the city Kashi with his Sudarshana Chakra. Is the use of Brahmastras and other celestial Astras, akin to weapons of mass destruction, to destroy entire cities ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Could anybody learn the secrets of celestial weapons? [duplicate]

I think there is some condemnation of Drona the Brahmin for encroaching on the realm of warriors. Is there a prohibition on non-Kshatriyas learning those weapons?
1
vote
0answers
35 views

Which weapon did a lot of actual damage from a single use?

The big name weapons like Brahmastra are often neutralized by the same or similar weapon. When was the most damage inflicted by a single use of a weapon?
3
votes
1answer
75 views

Was the “yawning weapon” used in the Banasura war used on any other occasion in any scripture?

The "yawning weapon", which was used during Banasura war, has to be one of the strangest weapons mentioned in scriptures. Was it used on any other occasions?
1
vote
0answers
54 views

Is the roudra weapon really the same weapon as the pashupata weapon?

As I know, when Arjuna did penance to Indra, Shiva referred to the pashupata weapon as "roudra" but also as a pashupata, implying that it is another name of the weapon according to Shiva: '"O great ...
5
votes
3answers
906 views

Why don't the Vanaras use weapons?

I want to know why the Vanara never used weapons such as swords, bows, chakras, clubs, etc., since it has always been shown in Valmiki Ramayana that the Vanara as Hanuman and Sugriva used wrestling, ...
5
votes
0answers
63 views

How was the succession sequence of the Sudarshana Chakra among the avatars of Vishnu?

I know that the Sudarshana Chakra is one of the most powerful weapons in Hinduism, just as I know that it is associated with Vishnu along with being the weapon that he used the most. But I want to ...
2
votes
0answers
36 views

Vaataakarshanashtra (वाताकर्षणास्त्र - a weapon which removes air or O2 from atmosphere)

Shree Navanathas are described to possess Vaataakarshana Astra (वाताकर्षणास्त्र - a weapon which removes air or O2 from atmosphere) in 'Shree Navanath Kathaasaar'. But I didn't come across any ...
4
votes
1answer
175 views

What are the bows of the warriors of the Mahabharata? [closed]

I want to know what were the names of the bows of the warriors of the Mahabharata, their abilities and how they got them
0
votes
1answer
113 views

What is the story of Vijaya bow?

Who was the original owner of Vijaya bow? However it is wielded by Indra Dev, Parashurama and Karna. Who created this bow?
7
votes
0answers
163 views

A Time Bomb placed in Patal lok

In 99th Adhyay of Udhyog-Parv of Mahabharat. When Krishna went to Hastinapur as a peace delegate. In the assembly of Hastinapur, Devrishi Narad told a story about his visit to Patal-Lok with Matli (...
2
votes
1answer
238 views

Significance of weapons in Vishnu's Chaturvyuha avatars

I read somewhere that the combination of weapons in the four hands of Vishnu's chaturvyuha avatars results in 4 factorial or 24 combinations of Vishnu's tattvas but what do each of these signify?
9
votes
0answers
182 views

When did Vishnu destroy trident of Shiva?

Vishnu Sahasranama stotram consist of thousand names of Lord Vishnu. The most popular one is from Anushasana parva of Mahabharata which was said by Bhishma to Yudhishtira. But there are other versions ...
5
votes
0answers
79 views

Information on list of Sri Vishnu's weapons requested

Sri Madhvacharya, the propagator of Dvaita siddanta and the Brahma sampradaya, has authored a book called TantrasArasaMgraha. In the same book, under adhyAya 4, verse 18-20, Sri Madhvacharya lists ...
4
votes
0answers
159 views

Gayatri mantras of Sri Vishnu's weapons

The commonly known weapons of Sri Vishnu are five in number - Panchajanya, Sudarshana, Sharanga, Nandaki and Koumodaki. Among the above 5, the Gayatri mantra of the first 2 are used in Pooja vidhana. ...
2
votes
0answers
101 views

What is the story of Vishwakarma creating the Saunanda mace used by Balrama?

The Markandeya Puran Section 1.11.5 mentions the following story: There lives a highly powerful and fierce Danava in Rasatala. He makes the earth yawn and therefore he is called Kujrimbha. Whatever ...
5
votes
1answer
126 views

Mentioning of firearms or cannons in Hinduism Scriptures?

The two wikipedia articles says The earliest known depiction of cannon appeared in Song dynasty China as early as the 12th century, however solid archaeological and documentary evidence of ...
4
votes
1answer
294 views

Brahmastra and Brahmadanda

I was reading an article here that states: Brahmastra (Sanskrit: ब्रह्‍मास्‍त्र, Brahmāstra) was a weapon created by the creator Brahma, for the purpose of upholding Dharma and Satya (truth). ...
3
votes
2answers
435 views

Did Vishnu ever use his mace Kaumodaki?

He used the Chakra a lot and also his bow. I can't think of an occasion when he used his mace either as himself or an avatar.
3
votes
0answers
148 views

Source and location and authenticity of below mentioned verses about a weapon of Mahabaratha

There are a lot of posts on the internet claiming that nuclear weapons were mentioned in Mahabaratha and were used in war. 1) Please link to the verses which mention nuclear or similar weapons ...
6
votes
0answers
287 views

Manthra of Asthras

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
402 views

Which verses from Gita were referred by J Robert Oppenheimer (the father of atomic bomb)?

Julius Robert Oppenheimer was the son of a German Jewish migrant to USA. Under his supervision, the Manhattan project was carried, which ultimately resulted in first modern nuclear weapons. Eventually ...
3
votes
1answer
425 views

Which scriptures describe about Bhima and Hanuman's Gada (club or blunt mace)?

Is there any scriptures which describes about the name, size, weight of their Gada? And how they got them?
2
votes
0answers
89 views

Is there any warrior who never used celestial wepons?

We know that most of the warriors used some kind of celestial weapons i.e. astra/shastra. Is there any warrior who fought on his own power? I mean the power created by himself and not acquired from ...
4
votes
0answers
373 views

Who is Vijayavalli, wife of the Sudarshana Chakra?

I just performed a Griha Pravesam, the Hindu house warming ceremony, and I noticed an interesting Mantra that the priest chanted. The Mantra, which I assume was from the Pancharatra Agamas, was ...
3
votes
0answers
106 views

Does Rig Veda talk about Vishnu using weapons?

There is very little anthropomorphic description of Vishnu in the Rig Veda. He assists Indra in his battles, but it is not clear if he himself is depicted as fighting.
5
votes
0answers
106 views

What are 36 kinds of weapons & tactics of the war?

In Shiv Rahasya on 11th chapters Lord Shiva giving commandments to Kaliyuga people. Here is characteristics of a King. The King shall favour peace above war. He shall not start a war without just ...
1
vote
0answers
283 views

Did Lord Krishna stop the knowledge of divya-astras from coming to Kali-yuga?

Did Lord Krishna stop the knowledge of divya-astras from coming to kali-yuga? If yes, please provide the scriptural reference.
2
votes
1answer
963 views

Did Arjuna really lose his powers after departure of Shri Krishna? [duplicate]

According to Mausala Parva: Section 8, Arjuna says to Vaishampayana rishi: In my very sight, O Brahmana, thousands of Vrishni ladies were carried away by the Abhiras of the country of the five ...
6
votes
2answers
576 views

Where did Lord Shiva's trident come from?

Where did it actually come from? I have many stories from many friends about how Lord Shiva's trident came. But I want to know the real way that it had formed.
3
votes
0answers
48 views

Sequence of weapons in Vishnu's hands [duplicate]

I have seen idols of Lord Vishnu having the Shankh, Chakra, Gada,Padma(Lotus) at different locations of 4 hands. Are there any logic,myth behind it ? Which position is true and original?
2
votes
0answers
229 views

What are the three Arrows of Barbarika and how he got them?

It is said that Barbarika had Three Arrows which is the Most powerful ones and so he was sacrificed to Mahabharta War. QUESTION : What are the Three Arrows of Barbarika and how he Got them ? Are ...
6
votes
2answers
182 views

Mythology war fought without any weapons?

Have there been any wars fought without involvement of any physical weapons astras, but by using supernatural, divine, or yogic powers only? For example, pushing the enemy away with telekinetic ...
1
vote
0answers
60 views

Which Hindu scripture talks about weapons and mythical objects? Please guide me with links to apt books

I want to know about mythical bows and weapons like Brahmastra, etc. So please tell which scripture talks about divine weapons, etc.
6
votes
1answer
690 views

Where did the Brahmastra, which Bhagwan Rama launched to dry up the sea, eventually fall?

At the time when Lord Rama was on his way to Lanka, he asked the sea god (sagara) for help and to make way for his journey , but the sea god didn't offer any help. Then Shree Rama activated brahmastra....
1
vote
1answer
294 views

Do scriptures describe the effects of Brahmastra?

Brahmastra is debated to be similar in nature to Atom/Nuclear bomb. But my question is, do scriptures describe the effects of Brahmastra?
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Who can be considered the better archer between Lord Rama and Arjuna?

According to scriptures, if there has to be comparison between "Lord Rama" and "Arjuna", then who was the better archer among them? Though both can be considered great in their own way. In my opinion,...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

What is Lord Hanuman's weapon of choice from scriptures?

Lord Hanuman always depicted with carryinging a mace: But during few conversation with our in-house user Sree Charan, he said There is no explicit reference that Hanuman used Gada/mace. In ...
5
votes
1answer
958 views

Why Lord Krishna saved Arjuna from Vaishnava Astra?

In mahabhartha arjuna was told to be saved from Vaishnava astra by Lord Krishna. A warrior named Bhagadatta used this astra against Arjuna, as Lord krishna stood up and the astra turned into a garland ...
7
votes
1answer
383 views

How could Lakṣmaṇa's mantra to kill Indrajit really work?

Some folks consider the following śloka uttered by Lakṣmaṇa to be the mūla-mantra of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa. धर्मात्मा सत्यसन्धश्च रामो दाशरथिर्यदि || ९०-६-७१ पौरुषे चाप्रतिद्वन्द्वस्तदेनं जहि रावणिम् ...
9
votes
1answer
738 views

What are the boons got by Kunti from Karna?

EXPLANATION : I ask this qusetion because of confusion about kunti getting a boon from karna The boon was karna should not kill the pandavas except arjuna and karna should not use same astra twice ...
4
votes
2answers
267 views

Who are the warriors that possessed Brahmashirastra other than Arjuna and Ashwatthama?

EXPLANATION : Brahmashirastra was said to be used by arjuna and aswathamma in mahabharatha war in dwarapa yuga. I couldn't find any other wars explaining the use of Brahmashirastra in any other yugas....
5
votes
1answer
461 views

Why didn't Indrajit use Brahmastra against Rama and Lakshmana in the main war?

Indrajit was capable of using Brahmastra as he did against Lord Hanuman in Ashoka Vana (this incident is narrated in Sundara Kanda) Question: Why didn't Indrajit use the Brahmastra against Lord ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

If Rama used Brahmastra on Ravana, why didn't Ravana turn to ashes?

Question 1: Did Lord Rama really use the Brahmastra on Ravana to kill him? If he did use it, then, Ravana's entire body should have turned to ashes. It would have even created a major natural ...
14
votes
4answers
5k views

Why didn't Ravana use the Chandrahasa sword against Lord Rama?

From http://ramayana.tigercoder.com/07uttara/uttara_016.html: “After being spoken to in this way by Lord Shiva, Ravana, the lord of Lanka replied: ‘O Lord Shiva, if you are pleased with me, grant ...
2
votes
0answers
197 views

Weapons selection by God Vishnu in his Dasavatara

If we note carefully in the first five avatars Maha Vishnu will not have any weapon. Parasurama avatar has axe as weapon, Rama avatar has bow and arrow, Balarama avatar has plough, Krishna avatar ...