Know The Real Brahmāstra

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According to the sastras, a Brahmastra is an astra, or celestial weapon created by Lord Brahma.

Missile weapon

It is also known as the Brahma Astra, and as described in several Puranas, Brahmastra is considered to be the most lethal of weapons.

No One Can Stop

When a Brahmastra is discharged, no counterattack or defence can stop it. It was created alongside more powerful variants like Brahmashirsha astra and Brahmanda astra.


Equivalent of Atomic Weapons

The mythical equivalents of modern-day atomic weapons, nuclear and thermonuclear bombs, are said to be Brahmastra and Brahmashirsha astra, respectively.

In Mahabharata

During the Kurukshetra war, Karna used an equal Brahmastra to neutralise a Brahmastra discharged by Arjuna, and the destruction caused by the colliding of these astras was catastrophic.

Legends Had the Power

In Mahabharata Parasurama , Bhishma,Drona ,Karna ,Kripa ,Ashwatthama,Arjuna,Yudhishtir,Vikarna and few Maharathis possessed the knowledge to invoke Brahmastra weapons.



It was beleived to be obtained by meditating on Lord Brahma or from a Guru who knows how to use it, and it could only be used once per day.

Invocation of Brahmastra

The Brahmastra, according to ancient Sanskrit writings, is invoked by a key phrase or invocation bestowed upon the user when given this weapon.

The Purpose

Because Brahma is considered the Creator in Sanatana Dharma, Hindus believe that Brahmastra was created by him to uphold Dharma and Satya.

The Destruction

It is to be used by anyone who wishes to destroy an enemy who also happens to be a creation of his (Brahma). When Brahmastra struck the target, it would be completely destroyed.

The Power

The weapon was also thought to cause significant environmental damage. People become infertile and land where the weapon was used becomes barren, finishing surrounding life too.


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