The Brahmastra is the weapon of Brahma. Like other astras (celestial weapons), it is invoked with a special mantra, and then you can use it to destroy anything that is created by Brahma. The Brahmastra does refer to a special arrow, but an ordinary arrow can also be given the same power using the mantra, and as discussed below, some people have even used the ...
The place name is Drumatulya. It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kanda, Sarga 22.
रामस्य वचनम् श्रुत्वा तम् च दृष्ट्वा महाशरम् || २-२२-३०
महोदधिर्महातेजा राघवम् वाक्यमब्रवीत् |
Hearing Rama's words and seeing that powerful arrow, the large splendid Ocean spoke the following words to Rama:
उत्तरेणावकाशोऽस्ति कश्चित्पुण्यतरो मम || २-...
Was Rama not aware about withdrawal of Brahmāstra?
Rama invocated Brahmāstra more than once. We can find the references in Valmiki Ramayana on this.
During the exile on Kākā.(Narrated by Sita in the Sundara Kanda)
Against the ocean god. But was not fired on Ocean god. It was directed towards a place called Drumatulya.(Now Malwar desert in Rajasthan).
There used to be two kind of weapons in ancient times:
1) Astra - Weapons powered by Mantra
2) Shastra - Physical weapons
One can obtain astra only after pleasing the corresponding devata.
For ex: brahmastra by pleasing brahma. Pashupatastra by pleasing shiva etc.
For many Astras, corresponding devatas used to have their Amsha in the body of person who ...
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 ...
The purpose of any weapon is to attack and/or destroy the enemy, so if you're just asking why Brahma uses weapons at all when he is supposed to be the creator god, it's because the gods are constantly fighting battles with the Asuras (demons). Now if you're asking why the Brahmastra is so destructive compared to other Astras, Astras are related to the ...
The following description of the Brahmastra is from the Ahirbudhnya Samhita of Pancharatra Agama:
From this footnote on valmikiramayan.net and this post on Yahoo! Answers, the above is translated as:
phantam vahnisamayuktam vyoma halasamanvitam |
mesadvayam dantayutam halahalamatah param || 34-5 ||
ghanadyam vayupurvam ca ...
Brahmastra (Sanskrit: ब्रह्मास्त्र, Brahmāstra) was a weapon created by the creator Brahma, for the purpose of upholding Dharma and Satya (truth). When the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counterattack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma.
The two great ancient epics of India, Ramayana and ...
TL;DR: Karṇa was not cursed either by the brāhmaṇa or by Paraśurāma. Karṇa's chariot wheel was not even stuck in the battlefield. The battle between the two greats Arjuna and Karṇa on the 17th day of the Mahābhārata war was a fair fight; there was no adharma by Kṛṣṇa or Arjuna.
For the following reasons, I strongly believe Paraśurāma's curse (śāpa) on Karṇa ...
This is what Mahabharata says:
Unto the cheerless and trembling Karna, prostrated with joined hands
upon earth, that foremost one of Bhrigu's race, smiling though filled
with wrath, answered, 'Since thou hast, from avarice of weapons,
behaved with falsehood, therefore, O wretch, this Brahma weapon shall
not dwell in thy remembrance. Since thou art ...
Did Lord Rama really use the Brahmastra on Ravana to kill him?
Yes, he did. He used the Brahmastra given by sage Agastya. He used Brahmastra by the advice of Matali.
Then, the valiant Rama, who was reminded thus by Matali, took hold of a blazing arrow, which was given by Brahma and which in turn was given to him by the glorious sage, Agastya earlier in ...
On the contrary, Indrajit actually fired the Brahmāstra on Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa in the main war of Rāmāyaṇa.
When both Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa are lying unconscious in the battlefield, this is what Vibhīṣaṇa says:
तस्मै तु दत्तं परमास्त्रमेतत् | त्स्वयम्भुवा ब्राह्मममोघवेगम् |
तन्मानयन्तौ यदि राजपुत्रौ | निपातितौ को अत्र विषादकालः || ६-७४-४
4. etat = ...
Rama was not only capable of withdrawing weapon but also guiding his weapon in his desired trajectory. You don't find Brahmastra chasing someone in three worlds in the Mahabharata.
This is from Kishkindha Kandha
स विसृष्टो बलवता बाणः स्वर्ण परिष्कृतः | भित्त्वा सालान् गिरि प्रस्थम्
सप्त भूमिम् विवेश ह || ४-१२-३
The golden arrow released by the ...
WMDs like Brahmāstra and Brahmaśira should never be fired on unarmed civilians or even enemy combatants who are no match for these weapons. Otherwise, it can set the whole universe (Earth?) on fire.
Droṇa warns Arjuna about the dangers of Brahmaśira before bestowing it on him:
Adi Parva (Sambhava Parva)
. . .
A few days later,...
Indrajit employed Brahmastra by which Sixty seven crores of Vanaras were struck down in a single day.
सप्तषष्टिर्हताः कोट्यो वानराणां तरस्विनाम् | अह्नः पञ्चमशेषेण वल्लभेन
स्वयम्भुवः || (Yuddha Kanda 74 Sarga 12 Sloka)
Sixty seven crores of powerful monkeys were struck down by the
cherished missile of Brahma, the self-born creator, in the fifth ...