In, The Parashu (axe) was an unconquerable and indestructible divine weapon given to Lord, The divine sword Chandrahas (Chandra-Moon, Has-laugh, literally 'the laughter of the moon' but referring to the shape formed by a crescent moon which resembles a smile) was given to Raavan with a warning that if it was used for unjust causes, it would return to the three-eyed Lord, This weapon prevents an opponent from turning invisible. Arjuna then sent a number of astras after Karna, including the Agni-astra, which Karna met by releasing the Varuna-astra. In Mahabharata war Ashwatthama used this weapon against Pandava army after the death of Drona. Sudarshana Chakra ... Arjuna, Karna and Ashwatthama possessed the knowledge to invoke this weapon. This weapon can be invoked into any object, even to a blade of grass. Your point on Shri Krishna saying that before Karna –Arjuna final HE said I rate Karna as your equal or perhaps your superior – the reason was that he did not want Arjun to be proud as Arjuna had defeated Karna earlier that he was feeling overconfident. He further gave proof to Arjuna after the war when he alighted from Arjunas chariot and Arjunas chariot which was a divine chariot burst in flames. Karna acquired all the astras that could be had in this world, even the brahmastra and the bhargavastra. an arrow, compared to keeping it one's hand e.g. 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. Then Satyaki, of immeasurable soul, O Bharata, placing himself on the side of Bhima’s car, began to afflict Karna who was in front of Bhima.Karna too, otherwise called Vaikartana, O Bharata, in that battle, resisted Bhimasena, and the Karushas, the Kaikayas, and the SrinjayasSanjaya said, ‘Meanwhile Vikartana himself, resisting Bhimasena supported by the Pancalas and the Cedis and the Kaikayas, covered him with many arrows. The divine weapons played a decisive part in our Epics. That means Shri Krishna was protecting him. When it was used, Ekadasha (Eleven) Rudras appear in the sky to destroy the targets. Now, if Arjun had all the Divya astras, why could he not counter: 1. bhishma is equally capable as arjuna and far more capable than karna, i don't know why everybody here is trying to ignore him, even in his old age he was undefeated. " Most of the times fans of these two legendry archers are keep arguing on which one had upper hand. KARNA, KRIPA AND ASWATTHAMA - DRONA PARVA - The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering, Vol 2 ... By the light of astras and the rushlights that some soldiers have lit, ten more of Dhritarashtra’s sons surround Bheema. This comment has been removed by the author. Arjuna indeed had divyastras but they were large in number ie quantity not quality. When Arjuna departed from the world Yudhishthira made it clear to Bhima that Arjuna was a vain boaster who said he could finish the war in one day hence dies becoz of that fault. The second weapon of Indra, inferior to Vajra. Any attempt of invoking it a second time would rebound back on user and his troops. Drona once again refused to teach Karna. Were Arjunas hesitancy to prevent damage here?. True Bhima did give Karna a tough time but in the end its Karna who prevailed. Every time an arrow is released from this bow, it created a terrible twang, which is said to be loud as thunder causing terrible fear in enemies and produces flashes of light as brilliant as lightning, which blinds the enemy. Karna's education began, and he spent many months in the ashrama of the renowned sage. 2. The Jyotiksha Astra could brighten a dark area. There is no record of Lord Krishna declaring them as his equal. e.g. All of them were man made. Arjuna is an epitome of focus and patience. The Varuna-astra produced rain to put out the firestorm created by Agni-astra. I will be a devotee, practicing bhakti yoga. Various texts have stated that Arjuna possessed almost all astras except Narayanastra. Thanks. This weapon was used to restore the senses and thoughts of someone. It could be used only once and upon usage, it killed the opponent. Krishnas complete anaylisis about Karna was completely true right till his quality of respecting brahmins . A fact confirmed by an earlier incident when Indra came to beg the kavach disguised as a Brahmin knowing this quality of Karna. Destroying that vast division with his sharp arrows, and crushing many foremost of car-warriors Karna succeeded in afflicting Yudhishthira.  Earlier, in 1961, he had translated Kambar's Tamil Ramayana into English. Bhishma was stopped by the Akashvani from using this weapon against his Guru, Lord Parashurama. Parasurama embraced Karna. In Short, the Mother of all weapons. In Baghwat Puran, when Bolenath shoots Pasupasat astra at Sri Krishna, Krishna counters it by Narayan astra. Lord krishna said to arjun that karna is either superior or equal to you because he (lord krishna) did not want arjun to be proud, as arjuna defeated karna so many times before mahabharat war that he was feeling overconfident about his victory, so to bring him out of that overconfidence and to make him serious about battle lord krishna said this, plus lord krishna is also spiritual guru of arjuna and in spiritualism ahamkar is considered very bad so he wanted arjun to be humble and consider himself on weaker side otherwise lord krishna knew that arjun is superior because he proved it so many times. If you want to stick to the facts in mahabharat, Karna himself is no superior of Bhima in archery, let alone Arjuna. It was used by Susharma in the Mahabharata war when Arjuna used the Nagastra on the Sampshapataka army. Their duel began, they started with the ordinary arrows, then warned up to the use of divine astras. Every time it was summoned, its head would never be the same. What has happened so far: After Yudhishthira lost the famous game of dice, the Pandavas and an enraged Druapadi were exiled to the forest. Karna is one of the central characters of Mahabharata. He always acted like a human and always kept his words. Kar… – These weapons were there with Karna also. In all fairness a duel between Karna and Bhima cannot be taken seriously in competency evaluation becoz both these gentleman had no intention to kill each other. Gurus or rishish who created these astras gave a name to them like Brahmastra, Indrastra etc. 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. Arjun had Brahma astra and Pasupasat astra but they were not more powerful than Narayan astra. Bhima does fall unconscious & withdraws in the 5th duel, but thats because Bhima was already injured before that last duel, having just decimated the entire Kaurava elephant army. . Ganguly narrates Karna's defeat at the hand of Bhima which was the event after the 14th day. The Antardhana Astra would make things, people or entire places disappear. to counter nagastra arjun had narayanastra but he didn’t use it plus he had pashupat astra which was most powerful weapon but shiva himself said to arjun to try not using it for not enough reason as it could “destroy the world in blink of an eye”. Used by, Would create showers of arrows and discs. The most powerful weapon in Hindu mythology, according to, The legendary discus of Lord Vishnu, was created for him by. If these heroes were so great, this was not necessary.Krishna had performed his lilas. And this proves that if you are by Dharma your wellbeing is ensured.) He even forgot the mystery attached to his birth. In the, A weapon that can defend against Nagastra when attacked by the opponents. Arjuna obtained this weapon from Indra at heaven. Karna called for Lord Indra and asked him to order the clouds to rain. ... Also many other pauranic sources talk about these astras being actual entities with consciousness that wait upon the mantra upasaka as attendants to be used when required. They are depicted as used by archers such as Parashurama, Rama, Lakshman, Meghnad, Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Ashwatthaman, Arjuna and other warriors. I will advent to save the people who are afflicted and devoured by the sins of the age of Kali. Swift and flaming weapon capable of baffling arms shower used especially in illusionary warfare. Your excuse for Arjuna is either 2 edged or non contextual. to counter nagastra arjun had narayanastra but he didn't use it plus he had pashupat astra which was most powerful weapon … 1. In Ramayana and Mahabharata, Arjuna had more astras than any other warrior. Mr. Amarjit both you and I are ordinary mortals.  This song was set to music and is a regular in most Carnatic concerts. Arjuna at Kurukshetra had fought many warriors whom he had defeated earlier. An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works In Hinduism, an astra (Sanskrit: अस्त्र) was a supernatural weapon, presided over by a specific deity and imbued with spiritual and occult powers that caused its effect or impact. Karna Was Capable Of Releasing Brahma Weapons Through His Mind Alone Without Any Bow. Indraastra Astra of Indra god of weather and King of Devas,would bring about a 'shower' of arrows from the sky. It would bring about a 'shower' of arrows, like rain, from the sky. In rating Arjunas opponent as his equal or superior Shri Krishna starts and stops with Karna. Arjuna then sent a number of astras after Karna, including the Agni-astra, which Karna met by releasing the Varuna-astra. 1. Aindra astra: Presiding Deity: Indra, the god of weather Weapon’s Effect: Would bring about a shower of arrows from the sky. Ashwatthama invoked Brahmashirsha astra using a blade of grass as his weapon. It was the Trident of Lord Shiva. The eldest pandava was ashamed of this and he hoped that Arjuna would take his revenge. I shall have a golden form [gaurangah], and I shall take birth as the son of Sachi [bhavisyami sachi-sutah]. Karnas licence to kill was revoked by mother Kunti and Bhima from his point of view could not kill Karna as Arjuna vow would be nullieifed. But after what Krishna said about him Karna proved what Krishna was saying about him was true. So Mr Niraj, what is your justification of karna and all kaurav maharathis being defeated by arjuna in virat yuddha? Repeatedly Karna had broken Arjuna’s Gandiva bowstring, which Arjuna immediately restrung again, eleven times in a row. Being bhagvan Lord Parashuram would surely have taught them everything including knowledge of ALL Divyastras and strategies (which is why Bheeshma was able to draw against him and Karna is said to be his equal). In C. Raja Gopalacharis translation in chapter 87 titled pledge respected He makes it very clear that its Karna who spared Bhimas life. Mr. Amarjit most of your points have been already discussed and answered in this blog. Arjunas incapability to nullify these weapons of Karna etc is proof that what head of the ISKON temple Srila Prabhupada said “Bheeshma Drona Karna where like timingala fish who could swallow Arjuna easily is completely true. Then Bhimasena, avoiding Karna, that best of car-warriors, proceeded against the Kaurava troops like a blazing fire towards a heap of dry grass The son of Radha, too, O monarch, singly resisted the Pancalas and the Pandavas and the (five) sons of Draupadi and Yudhamanyu and the mighty car-warrior Satyaki, in consequence of which feat he became the cynosure of all eyes.Yonder Karna urges forward the mighty car-warriors of the Dhartarashtras towards the son of Pritha with the weapons called Sthunakarna, Indrasjaha and Pasupata,” Quote end( here its sanctioned by Ganguli that Karna too had Pashupat astra. Astras Astras ( Divine weapons) come into importance mainly in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, where they were used in the great battles described in each epic. One day, Parashurama was sleeping with his head in the lap of Karna. Krishna made adharm stronger to give us lessons on what to do if we ever run into these problems. There, he developed his skill with the bow, and also learned the use of all the divine Astras (missiles), including the ultimate weapon, the Brahmastra. I cant quote his performance in Mrs Doubtfire or Remington Steele. We are listing some celestial weapons (astras of karna). Specific conditions existed involving the usage of astras, the violation of which could be fatal. Karna Was Capable Of Releasing Brahma Weapons Through His Mind Alone Without Any Bow. I think Chapter 50 of Book 8 of the Mahabhata of K.M. This bow was superior to Gandiva bow (arjuna's bow). Karna was cursed by Parashurama to the effect that he would forget the Invoking Mantra because he lied to Parashurama that he (Karna) was a Brahmin. a sword (Shastra). 1) VIJAYA BOW :- The celestial bow of Karna gifted to him by his guru lord parsurama. It is said that it was impossible to beat karna when he had vijaya bow (weapon) in his hand. It was other way around. Had to be obtained from. I have read in one version that Arjun went to heaven and received all the Divya astras from Devs. • Celestial Weapons Of Karna-* Brahma Weapons- Karna Had Complete Knowledge Of All Brahma Weapons With Mantras For Releasing As Well As Withdrawing It. Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are weakening my heart. The Sauparna weapon would release crazy birds. Bhima ends up with an upper hand every time in those duels. In Mahabharata Arjuna uses this astra in war against 3 crore Nivatakavachas and Kalakeyas. I think it includes civilians that would have been killed by WMD's.This would also explain why there are no archeological sites of any big cities like Hastinapur only small towns. Lord Krishna made Kaurav warriors such as Bhisma, Dorana, Karna, Duryodone superior to Pandavs. Presiding Deity : Parsurama Weapon’s effect : Total annihilation Warriors- Parsurama, Karna. Please read my earlier comment on reason behind such non-canon anecdotes of Karna being more powerful than Arjuna etc. Karna being inferior to Arjuna has been completely rubbished by Shri Krishna. Jai Shri KrishnaDue to some family commitments I will be returning to this blog after a weekBest wishes Niraj, question : -which highest order astra used in mahabhrat and by whom ?answer :- Pashupathsathra by arjun. Similarly when comparing Albert Einstein with Isaac Newton I have to quote them at their greatest discoveries ie theory of relativity and theory of gravity rather than judging them by their high school projects. His analysis cannot be wrong. Stems from Karna's status as a Son of Surya, the Sun God. The Visoshana was the drying weapon. Arjuna can counter narayana astra with the even more powerful Pashupat, but won't do so unless other means are exhausted (due to explicit warning he recieved against misusing devastras). Only Arjuna possessed this weapon in Mahabharata. [VanaParva Chapter 308] So to keep the above words of Indra if Karna used in such circumstances then it was necessary that one target gets destroyed. Could also counter most other astras. This weapon is said to possess the power to destroy the entire universe or in Sanskrit ( Brahmand ). A question is asked about karna using celestial weapons and arjun not countering them, arjun had appropriate astras to counter them but those astras were not preferred in normal situations as they could cause lot of damage so arjun preferred not to use them. Niraj you gave quote from KMG mahabharat, but here i want to clarify it, Yonder Karna urges forward the mighty car-warriors of the Dhartarashtras towards the son of Pritha with the weapons called Sthunakarna, Indrasjaha and Pasupata,” Quote endhere it says towards the son of pritha (arjun) (who has) weapons called Sthunakarna, Indrasjaha and Pasupata,” Quote endhere it means that arjun had those weapons not karna. In 1959 the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan published his book: "Hinduism: Doctrine and Way of Life". The weapon discharged would release torrential volumes of water. This weapon would cause the afflicted to fall asleep on the battlefield. It could inspire humane traits in an evil being. Narada and Vyasa came to stop Brahmasironamakastra used by Aswatthama and Arjuna. I will have all auspicious signs. He didn’t keep firing them all the time and face temporary defeat or inconvenience hence by the same logic Karnas greatness also need not be hampered. This weapon can be invoked into any object, even to a blade of grass. Lancer (Karna) is a character from the light novel series Fate/Apocrypha and video game series Fate/Extra CCC. The derivative anecdotes (with motives either to boost Kara's character as a tragic-hero or Krishna's role as an omnipotent deity), ignore the first 4 karna-bhima duels while just mention how karna spared bhima in the 5th one. All of them surrounded Karna and showered most powerful steep arrows against Karna. When Arjunas opponent fires a super powered divine weapon Arjuna was known to fire its counter weapon without any hesitation if he possessed it. The divine weapons played a decisive part in our … Proof when Ashwatthama fired the Brahmastra Arjuna without hesitation fired his brahmastra to answer it because he had the brahmastra. Creates a dazzling light that would dispel any darkness about and dry up water bodies. A powerful noose which not even other gods could escape from. Arjuna used this against Susharma. After his Death unified with Surya causing him to possess a high Divine Spirit Aptitude Recieves High Defensive Power when facing Sun Deity-Lineage Heroic Spirits with Rank B Divinity or Lower Cutting off the armour, the weapons, and the bodies of thousands of foes and slaying his foes by thousands and sending them to heaven and making them earn great fame, Karna caused his friends great joy. Question. (The only big city discovered is Dwarika).Basically I believe that the world was destroyed during Mahabharat and Lord Krishna saved the Pandavs to rebuild it.ThanksPrahalad. Warriors including Rama, Indrajit, Arjuna possessed this weapon. However, one thing the original Mahabharta text makes clear is the unmatched superiority of Arjuna in astra combat and unmatched superiority of Bhima in shastra (melee) combat. Apart from his literary works, Rajagopalachari also composed a devotional song Kurai Onrum Illai devoted to Lord Krishna. Before the battle Krishna also said Karna was known as Vrisha ie sympathetic towards his enemies and Karna proved Krishna correct by not rendering Arjuna unconscious and not attacking him despite both Krishna and Arjuna making it clear to him that they wont respect the rules of battle.  In 1965, he translated the Thirukkural into English. If I am not mistaken he had said this on the basis of studying the Srimad Bhagwat puran. Arjuna Acquires Astras After about six years of living in the forest exile with his brothers and Draupadi, Arjuna decided to go and equip himself for the coming war. In the epic Mahabharata, it is said that the weapon manifests with the head of Lord Brahma as its tip. Arjuna used it against Angaraparna, the Gandharva. During the Mahabharata, Vishnu gave Vidura this bow. However I believe that some of them were definetly used indiscrimently during the 14th-15th days of the war when it was basically a big slaughter.Here is why:Arjun's divine chariot being destroyed.The sheer number of soldiers killed in a couple of days (14th-15th days).After Mahabharat nobody left alive with knowledge on Divyastras/Vimans,etc.In the KMG version in the Stree/Shanti Parva's the number of dead is around numbered 1.5 billion. Greatest Warrior of All Time Greatest Warrior of All Time ( polls ). This weapon had to be obtained from the Narayana form, Would destroy target completely, irrespective of target's nature. Karna pleaded with Arjuna that he could give him time to retrieve the wheels of his chariots. On the 14th day of the Kurukshetra War, when the battle continued after the sunset Ashwatthama used this weapon to penetrate the illusions made by Anjanaparvan the son of Ghatotkacha. An insect started biting Karna on his the fact is that the kind of powers arjun had what he thaught was true but as i said earlier that their last journey was a spiritual journey and any kind of ahankar is not accepted there even if it's a true thaught in dharma and intelect bhishma is no less than yudhishthir. Narayan astra and Pasupasat astra were even. Karna being more powerful than arjun is an illusion which was created in medieval age by krishna bhakta people just to prove that without krishna's help arjun could not defeat karna, and now these ISCON people are doing the same thing, but if anybody without any prejudice looks into the facts he can understand the reality. Arjuna possessed this astra. Karna was unarmed and was killed by anjalika astra. So with this much Devine power in the form of astras at Arjuna's disposal why did Krishna not let him encounter Karna on fifteenth day ? Certain astras had to be handed down from the deity involved directly, knowledge of the incantation being insufficient. Pandavas definitely include Arjuna as well. Would cause a Parvata/mountain to fall on the target from the skies. In the Mahabharata era, Parasurama , Bhisma , Drona , Karna all were said to possess the verse … On the 6th day of Kurukshetra war, Dhrishtadyumna used it against Kauravas which caused them to be unconscious but Drona used his Prajna astra to stop its effect. Brings about a gale capable of lifting armies off the ground. Gender: male. If these heroes were so great than Krishna did not need to come. But he came to knew that this did not happen, so Yudhishthira started to say ill things to Arjuna and asked him to leave his weapons as they are of no use. Even though adharma seemed stronger, I ( Krishna ) is always on Dharma side and will make them victorious. He too had Brahmastra, Bhargava astra and pashupat astra. I have read in one version that Arjun went to heaven and received all the Divya astras from Devs. Karna still defended himself, but forget the incantations to invoke Brahmanda Astra due to the curse of his guru Parashurama. – Surya Nov 5 '15 at 10:14 | Arjuna was capable of shooting all of his celestial weapons including Pashupatastra by the power of his mind alone.. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08073.htm& Finally karna himself accepting Arjuna's supeority:http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08079.htmFINAL KARNA ARJUNA BATTLE(DAY 17 OF MAHABHARATA):http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08089.htm http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08090.htm http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08091.htm ACCORDING TO MY ANALYSIS OF THIS TRANSLATION IN THE FINAL BATTLE OF MAHABHARATA,ARJUNA & KARNA ASSAULTED EACH OTHER 35 TIMES WITH NUMEROUS, THOUSANDS & LAKHS OF ARROWS ………8 TIMES THEY NULLIFIED EACH OTHER ARROWS ,12 TIMES BOTH KARNA & ARJUNA PIERCED EACH OTHER BUT THE REMAINING 15 TIMES ARJUNA PIERCED KARNA IN EVERY PART OF HIS BODY & KARNA’S LIMBS,YOKE,STANDARD,STEEDS,CHARIOT WERE RIPPED APART & KARNA WAS LEFT MANGLED BATHED IN BLOOD & KARNA HAD NO ANSWER FOR ARJUNA’S ARROWS!!
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