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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 ...


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First of all, Indrajit never tried to use a Brahmastra, Narayanastra or Pashupatastra in the war (although he did use a Brahmastra against Hanuman during Hanuman's pror visit to Lanka, as I discuss in this answer). But he did once use another weapon of Shiva, the Raudrastra, although as I'll discuss below that was just to fight off one of Lakshmana's ...


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The Sudarshana Chakra was created by the divine architect Vishwakarma. As I discuss in this answer, Vishwakarma's daughter Sanjana married Surya the sun god. But she couldn't withstand his brilliance, so she ran away to the Earth. Eventually Surya found her, and he told Vishwakarma to reduce his brilliance so that Sanjana would be able to be around him. ...


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The story is described in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. A king named Shwetaki had once conducted a Yagna (fire-ritual) for twelve years, and having consumed all the ghee (clarified butter) that was offered into the fire, Agni the fire god felt lethargic. So he consulted Brahma, who told him to consume the Khandava forest: O exalted one, thou hast ...


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Lord Vishnu carries all the tattvas in the world in the form of his weapons. Each weapon and ornament is a symbolism for each tattva. The symbolism and significance of them are described in 7 verses in Vishnu Purana Chapter 22: The glorious Hari wears the pure soul of the world, undefiled, and void of qualities, as the Kaustubha gem. The chief ...


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I am giving the answer based on Mahabharata Udyog Parva, Bhagvat Yan Parva, chapter CLIX. According to this, Krishna got Sharang bow after killing Narakasur/Bhaumasur. Baffling the nooses of Mura and slaying by his might that Asura, and vanquishing Naraka, the son of earth, Hrishikesa, while recovering the begemmed ear-rings of Aditi, with sixteen ...


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It was not a boon from Karna to Kunti but a promise. Karna promises Kunti that he shall only slay Arjuna in the battle even he has a chance to slay Yudhistira and others. Using the same astra twice is not at all mentioned in the conversation of Karna and Kunti. For the sake of Dhritarashtra's son, I shall fight against thy sons to the best of my ...


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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-...


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Here is what Lord Shiva tells while giving Pasupatastra to Arjuna: Bhava replied, 'O powerful one. I will give to thee that favourite weapon of mine called the Pasupata. O son of Pandu, thou art capable of holding, hurling, and withdrawing it. Neither the chief himself of the gods, nor Yama, nor the king of the Yakshas, nor Varuna, nor Vayu, knoweth ...


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You are right in saying Vanaras do not have weapons and maces are for glorification. Using boulders and trees is their choice. There is no rule that they should not use any physical weapon. As Vanara means a forest ranger, they are highly likely to use trees, boulders as weapons. They are skilled with weaponry but they chose to use trees and mountains. I ...


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The story of Panchjanya conch is described in Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa. After completing their study, Krishna and Balaram want to give guru dakshina to guru Sandipani. Sandipani already knew the power of both so he asked for his son who was drowned in the sea. To fulfill this, Krishna went into the sea where he killed demon Panchjanya and got the conch. It ...


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Shaligrama Stones are used for iconic representation of Lord Vishnu. Shaligrama Stones are Swayambhu (they don't need Prana Prathista) just like how Banalingas are Swayambhu stones of Lord Shiva. These Shaligrama stones have marks of four weapons (Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Padma) of Lord Vishnu. As there are 4 weapons, 4! arrangements are possible and each ...


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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 ...


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In Mahabharata, Drona Parva (Book 7), SECTION XXVII, it was said by Lord Krishna that Vaishnava weapon is most powerful and unconquerable. It was the weapon given by Lord Narayana to Goddess Earth for the protection of Narakasura. Bhagadatta received that weapon from Narakasura. When Bhagadatta had used it against Arjuna, Lord Krishna came in between and the ...


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As we all know, Hanuman belongs to a class of being called Vānara. As described in this chapter of Balakanda, they are the attackers using trees and rocks. Their favorite weapons are nails and claws. शिला प्रहरणाः सर्वे सर्वे पर्वत योधिनः || १-१७-२५ नख दन्ष्ट्र आयुधाः सर्वे सर्वे सर्व अस्त्र कोविदाः | All of them are the assaulters with stones,...


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Yes, Lord Vishnu used his Kaumodaki mace to kill a demon name Andhaka. The story is mentioned in Devi Bhagavata, Book 5, Chapter 6. Wanting to kill Andhaka, Janârdana became infuriated, and, drawing his bow made of horn, call S'ârnga, shot at him arrows after arrows. The Dânava cut off all those arrows to pieces with his own mass of arrows. Then, becoming ...


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Like any other vānara, Hanumān's weapon of choice was 'bare hands' for close combat and uprooted trees and rocks for distant combat. Here's a scene from Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa where Hanumān uses his fist to hit Rāvaṇa in the chest but he was no match for Rāvaṇa's strength. "This five-branched right hand of mine, which I now raise, will rob you of your life ...


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There can be multiple stories about the origin of Lord Shiva's trident based on different Kalpa. I know some references where Lord Shiva trident was made by Tvashta (or Vishvakarma) by Vaishnava splendour of Sun. According to Vishnu Purana, Book 3, Chapter 2, Sanjna (wife of Lord Surya) went away from her husband because she was unable to endure the ...


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The partial list of names of bows that was mentioned in Mahabharata are : Krishna : Saranga Arjuna : Gandiva Rukmi : Vijaya Siva : Pinaka Yudhishthira : Mahendra Bhimasena : Vayavya Nakula : Vaishnava Sahadeva : Aswina Ghatotkacha : Paulastya Prativindhya, Sutasoma, Srutakarman, Satanika, and Srutasena : the Raudra, the Agneya, the Kauverya, the ...


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Vanaras used weapons. For example, see the below verse from Yudha Kanda: Sarga 97 of Valmiki Ramayana: Lifting that steel club, Sugreeva hurled it. Mahodara too hurled another mace on him. Those two weapons, clashing each other, broke and fell on the floor.


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No, Lord Parashuramas axe is not Pashupatastra. As described in this chapter of Anushashana Parva, Upamanyu describes Pashupatastra and axe separately which were present in the hands of Mahadeva: That bow is celebrated under the name of the Pinaka and is in reality a mighty snake. Indeed, that snake of seven heads and vast body, of sharp fangs and ...


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@Keshav Your answer describes how Krsna obtained his Sudarshana and Kaumodaki, which are of course his main weapons. But apart from these two, Srimad Bhagavatam describes how they got most of their divine weapons. In Canto 10, Chapter 50, the story of Jarasandha's invasion of Mathura is described. Accordingly, Jarasandha, to avenge his son-in-law, Kamsa, ...


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First I feel the terminology of "God" is unsuitable. Unfortunately in English there is no proper translation of Devtā. Deity is closer. In Hinduism devās are seen as friends and guides and hence human qualities were projected on them. This can be seen throughout the Rig Veda. Hinduism evolved from tribal roots and also assimilated tribal cultures into it. ...


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Shrutis, Smritis and Itihasas mention name and use of metal many times. The metals mentioned are iron, silver, copper, gold, lead, brass, bronze etc.. But this doesn't mean that they were developed in latter times. They may be obtained through Vedic Yagyas or through Gods or through secret technology unknown now. _____________________________________ ...


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Kamika Agama is one of the principle Shaiva Agamas. It was revealed from the Ishana face of Sadasiva. It describes weapons, symbols and form of Sadashiva as: Five faces; ten shoulders; effulgence of crystal; three eyes; tranquil composure; crest adorned with the crescent moon; locks of matted hair bound with serpent; mounted on the lion-throne constituted ...


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Yes. Ravana used his sword against Jatayu. Ravana forcefully abducts Seetha in his air-chariot also known as Pushpaka Vimana. Finally, Seetha sees Jatayu, the eagle, and asks him to narrate her abduction to Rama. Jataayu confronts Ravana on hearing the wailing of Seetha. He boldly forestalls Ravana and his air-chariot in the sky itself, and as an elderly ...


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Wars are usually fought between groups and mostly it will be using weapons or objects to gain quick advantage. However there are some famous individual wrestling battles happened during MahAbhArata time, which were without weapons. 1. Krishna vs Kansa Upon arriving at Mathura, Krishna slained Kansa in a 1:1 combat & freed his parents & grandfather ...


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As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa): Skandha 12: Adhyay 2, the primary weapon of Lord Kalki would be a sword (असि) and his vahana wold be a horse named Devadatta: अश्वमाशुगमारुह्य देवदत्तं जगत्पति: । असिनासाधुदमनमष्टैश्वर्यगुणान्वित: ॥ १९ ॥ Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, ...


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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 ...


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