List of weapons used in Mahabharata (Ramayana)

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All the Hindu Gods have their own unique weapons. Either they will be holding the weapons in their hands or can easily using the mantras or without using the mantras can make the weapons to appear whenever required.

Starting from Bhagavan Sri Vishnu, all the Devatas (Demigods) also have their own weapons.

These weapons are mostly used to slay and destroy the demons who are against the Dharma and want to spread the Adharma.

In Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata Purana and many other Hindu scripts give explanation about these divine weapons used by Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

First let us know the names and the God or Goddess who are using these weapons, then later let us know the explanation about each of the weapons.

List of weapons used in Mahabharata (Ramayana) are as given below:

Content:

1. Suryastra / Bhaskarastra : Lord Surya

2. Garudastra : Lord Garuda

3. Nagastra: Used by Nagas

4. Bhargavastra : Bhagavan Sri Parashurama

5. Agneyastra : Lord Agni Deva

6. Vayavyastra: Lord Vayu Deva

7. Bhaumyastra: Used to dig soil

8. Sammohanastra: Lord Indra Deva

9. Pashupatastra: Lord Shiva

10. Aindrastra: Lord Indra Deva

11. Yamyadandastra: Lord Yama Deva

12. Pramohanastra: Unknown

13. Gandharvastra: Gandharvas

14. Vajrastra: Lord Indra Deva

15. Jrumbhanastra: Bhgavan Sri Krishna

16. Raudrastra: Lord Rudra (Shiva)

17. Vasavi Shakti: Lord Indra Deva

18. Suparnastra: Used to encounter Nagas

19. Narayanastra: Bhagavan Srimann Narayana

20. Vaishnavastra: Bhagavan Sri Vishnu

21. Brahmashirastra: Sri Brahma Deva

22. Parjanyastra: Sri Indra Deva

23. Varunastra: Sri Varuna Deva

24. Prasvapana / Prasvapastra: Used by Vasus

25. Brahmastra: Sri Brahma Deva

26. Mahendrastra: Sri Indra Deva

27. Prajnastra: Used to encounter Sammohanastra

28. Antardhamastra: Lord Kubera

29. Varunapasha (Varunapashastra): Lord Varuna Deva

30. Tvastara: Used by Tvastara

31. Indrajala: Lord Indra Deva

32. Vishoshanastra: Used to heal a wound

Now, we will look into more information about the above weapons:

1. Suryastra / Bhaskarastra: Sri Surya is the main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of this astra / weapon. 

Suryastra or Bhaskarastra is mainly used to clear the darkness and also to end the maya / illusions.

2. Garudastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) for this astra / weapon is Sri Garuda Deva. This astra / weapon is mainly used to counter the Nagastra (astra / weapon of Naagas / serpents).

3. Nagastra: These belong to a group of Devatas who are from the Naga vamsha (serpent family) Naga Devata is the main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of this astra / weapon. 

This astra / weapon is mainly used to tying up the enemy and to nullify the enemy’s power.

4. Bhargavastra: Svayam Bhagavan Sri Hari’s avatar Sri Parashurama is the abhimani Devata for this astra / weapon. 

Bhargavastra has the capability to release unlimited number of arrows and other astras / weapons in a given single time. 

Bhagavan Sri Prashurama has given this astra / weapon to few of his shishyas / students.

5. Agneyastra: Sri Agni Deva is the main abhimani Devata for this astra / weapon. 

This astra / weapon can emit inextinguishable fiery flames and has the capability of burning the entire troupe of the enemy.

6. Vayavyastra: Sri Vayu Deva is the main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) for this astra / weapon. 

This astra  / weapon’s job is to increase the speed of the wind (Vayu) enormously and to cause huge destructive to the enemies. 

This astra / weapon is also used to stop heavy rain (to decrease the Varunastra’s working capability) by blowing heavy wind and to scatter the clouds.

7. Bhaumyastra: This is connected with the earth (Here Bhaumya means ‘related to Bhumi’ / related to earth). 

Bhaumyastra is usually used to dig soil (like tunnels).

8. Sammohanastra: Sri Indra Deva is the main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) for this astra / weapon. 

Here sammohanastra = sam + mohana + astra = all together + delusion (sleep) + weapon.

When this astra / weapon is enabled, this astra / weapon makes enemies to go into deep sleep and thus makes the enemies to be completely incapable of fighting. 

This may continue until the enemies use even more powerful astra / weapon to counter this sammohanastra. Prajnastra is the counter astra / weapon for this.

9. Pashupatastra: Lord Shiva is the main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of this astra / weapon. 

Here Pashupatastra = Pashu + pati + astra = Pashupati means Lord Shiva (that is pati / controller of all the animals / beasts + weapon). 

The main job of this astra / weapon is to release unlimited number of highly powerful animals / beasts. 

These animals / beasts are really capable of destroying almost anything on this earth.

10. Aindrastra: This astra / weapon’s main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) is Sri Indra Deva. 

Aindrastra adds a huge shower of flames of arrows to go and attack the opponent. 

Thus causing a great amount of destruction to the enemies.

11. Yamyadandastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) for this astra / weapon is Sri Yama Deva. 

Here, Yamyadandastra = Yamya + danda + astra = Yama’s + danda / thick stick or gada / club + astra / weapon. 

Usually used to give punishment to sinners at Yamaloka.

12. Pramohanastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) is not known. 

If this astra / weapon is enabled, this astra / weapon makes the enemies to fall asleep. 

Also this astra / weapons makes the enemies incapable of fighting completely.

13. Gandharvastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of this astra / weapons are Gandharvas. 

Gandharvas are the Devatagans who are related to singing and music. 

Also, these Gandharvas are masters in maya / illusion using their singing and music capabilities.

When this astra / weapon is enabled, it creates a huge confusion / illusion among the enemies. 

The confusion / illusion that is created by enabling this astra / weapon is highly difficult to counter attack.

14. Vajrastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) is Sri Indra Deva. This is one of the most powerful astra / weapon of Sri Indra Deva. 

This astra / weapon was built using the backbone / spinal cord of the great Rushi Dadhichi.

This astra / weapon can strike the enemy with powerful bolts of lightning. 

As the name suggest, Vajrastra = Varja + astra = as strong as Varja / diamond + astra / weapon. 

This astra / weapon is one of the most destructive weapon mentioned in both Ramayana and Mahabharata.

15. Jrumbhanastra: Jrumbhanastra = जृम्भण / Jrumbhana + astra. जृम्भण / Jrumbhana in Sanskrit means falling asleep or yawning continuously and falling asleep + astra / weapon.

Same astra / weapon was used by Bhagavan Sri Krishna to make Lord Shiva to fall asleep. 

This happened during the war between Bhagavan Sri Krishna and asura Banasura. In battle Lord Shiva was supporting the asura Banasura.

16. Raudrastra: The main abhimani Devata of this astra / weapon is Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva). 

In a place called Hiranyapura, the great archer Arjuna used this weapon to destroy invincible asuras Kalakeya. 

These Kalakeyas were the descendants of Kaalakaa. This Kaalakaa was the daughter of Vaishvaarana and this Vaishvaarana was the son of Danu.

17. Vasavi Shakti: This is the spear of Sri Indra Deva. When this is used as a hurling astra / weapon, it immediately strikes the shatrus / enemies and kills them immediately. 

Same astra / weapon was used by Karna to kill the Bhimasena’s monster son Ghatotkacha in Mahabharata.

Same astra / weapon was used by Indrajita (Meghanatha – son of Ravana) against Lakshmana. 

But since, the Great Sri Vayu Deva’s son Sri Hanuman immediately brought the sanjeevini and thus the life of the Bhagavan Sri Rama’s brother Lakshmana was saved.

18. Suparnastra: Here Suparnastra = Suparna + astra. Souparni is the wife of Sri Garuda Deva (divine vahana / vehicle of Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu). 

This astra has connection with birds like eagles etc. and thus can devour snakes and protect against Nagastra (protect against Nagas / serpents). This astra / weapon is mainly used to counter Nagastra.

19. Narayanastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Bhagavan) for this astra / weapon is Srimann Narayana. Narayana + astra = Narayana’s astra / weapon. 

As soon as this astra / weapon is enabled, a fiery chakra / discus appears in the akaasha/ sky.

Later this astra / weapon releases unlimited number of arrows, spears, maces etc at it’s shatrus / enemies. 

The more the enemy tries to go against this astra / weapon, this astra / weapon attacks it’s shatrus / enemies in more fiery way.

This same astra / weapon was used by Ashvattama (he is an avatar of Lord Shiva) against the Pandavas in the great war of Mahabharata (Kurukshetra war). 

Later Bhagavan Sri Krishna instructs everyone to bow down (sharanagati / total surrender) to this astra / weapon. Thus this astra / weapon calms down and retracts.

20. Vaishnavastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Bhagavan) is Sri Maha Vishnu). 

This super astra / weapon is infallible and will surely destroy the target in any form, that is, it may be Daivi / divine or non-divine, it will surely destroy the enemy.

This is the supreme power of Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu and this astra / weapon can only be nullified by Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu himself and no one else.

21. Brahmashirastra: Brahmashirastra = Brahma + shira + astra = Brahma Deva + shira / head + astra / weapon. 

The main abhimani Devata for this astra / weapon is Sri Chatur Mukha Brahma Deva. 

This astra / weapon is one of the powerful weapons of Sri Chatur Mukha Brahma Deva.

This astra / weapon manifests from the head (in Sanskrit it is called as ‘shira’) of Sri Brahma Deva. 

Thus the name Brahmashirastra. Ashvattama, Arjuna, Drona, Rushi Agnivesha had the powers to enable this great astra / weapon.

This astra / weapon is so powerful, that as soon as this astra / weapon is used against a shatru / enemy, this astra / weapon produces large amount of fiery meteors to fall from sky and if this astra / weapon strikes a particular place. 

That place will get destroyed completely and no plants or trees or even grass can be grown in that particular huge amount of area for 12 Brahma years.

22. Parjanyastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) for this astra / weapon is Sri Indra Deva. 

Parjanya means rain water. Sri Indra Deva’s another name is Parjanya.

Using this same Parjanya (related to rain and water) astra / weapon, Arjuna hit the ground to make a huge crater on the land when Bhishma was sleeping on the Sharashayya (bed of arrows) to quench Bhisma’s thirst. 

During the war against Banasura, Bhagavan Sri Krishna used this astra / weapon.

23. Varunastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of this astra / weapon is Sri Varuna Deva. 

This astra / weapon is used to bring heavy rains and this same astra / weapon is used to counter the Agneastra (see above).

24. Prasvapana / Prasvapastra: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of this astra / weapon are Vasus. Here Prasvapana = Prasva + apana = sleep + causing. 

To make someone to fall asleep or to make unconscious this astra / weapon is used.

25. Brahmastra: The main abhimani Devata of this astra / weapon is Sri Chatur Mukha Brahma Deva. 

Just with this one arrow, unlimited number of arrows appear and will cause a huge destruction in large scale and also this same astra / weapon is capable of countering most of the other astras / weapons.

26. Mahendrastra: The main abhimani Devata of this astra / weapon is Sri Indra Deva. Mahendra is another name of Sri Indra Deva. 

Mahendrastra = Maha + Indra + astra. Mahendra = Maha + Indra, that is the greatest among all the Devatagans.

Same Mahendrastra was used by Arjuna who was attached by 13 Maharathis (this included Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya, Salya, Bhurishrava and others) in the great Mahabharata war.

27. Prajnastra: Here Prajnastra = Prajna + astra = consciousness + weapon. This is mainly used to counter the effects of Sammohanastra (see above) and Pramohanastra (see above) weapon. 

The main work of this astra / weapon is bring back to consciousness who were under the attack of Sammohanastra and Pramohanastra.

28. Antardhamastra: This astra / weapons belongs to the Devata (Demigod) of wealth Kubera. 

Antardhana = Antar + dhana = from inside + disappear. This astra / weapon is mainly used to disappear suddenly. 

This is used to make things, humans, places etc to disappear suddenly from a given point of time from a given point of place.

29. Varunapasha (Varunapashastra): The main controlling abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) is Sri Varuna Deva. 

This is a ‘Noose’ of Sri Varuna Deva and is capable of tying anything including humans, Demigods, Rakshasas, Gandharvas, yakshas, etc in an inescapable hold.

30. Tvastara: This is a personified astra / weapon of Tvastara. Tvastara is a heavenly builder. 

This astra / weapon creates a maya / illusion and causes the user to suddenly appear at multiple spots at the same time. 

This indeed confuses the enemy and his troops.

31. Indrajala: The main abhimani Devata (controlling Demigod) of this astra / weapon is Sri Indra Deva. 

Indrajala = Indra + jala = Indra’s maya (magic). Anyone who comes under the clutches of this astra / weapon will be very difficult to get out of the maya / magic.

32. Vishoshanastra: The main work of this astra / weapon is to heal any wound and / or make it dry.

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