The trailer of India’s much-awaited movie- Brahmastra just released and it has worth its hype. Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor starrer is slated to release in September and the stellar cast includes prominent names like Alia Bhatt, Nagarjun, Dimple Kapadia, and Mouni Roy. As per the trailer, the story of the movie will revolve around the powerful weapons of Hindu Mythology encircling the divine Brahmastra. Speaking of which, in the story of Brahmastra the weapon itself is very unique and important in mythology.
Ranbir Kapoor as Shiva and his powers is represented by the “Astra” fire, which also makes him the missing piece to the puzzle of the Brahmastra. Assisted by Amitabh Bachchan (the “guru”) and Anish (played by Nagarjuna), Shiva’s goal is to attain the Brahmastra. However, the dark forces, represented by Junoon (Mouni Roy) stand in his way. Now whether Shiva succeeds in the mission will only be unveiled on 9th September.
Coming back to Brahmastra, according to ancient Indian texts it is a supreme weapon that is said to be able to destroy the universe.
Brahmastra and its variant the Higher Brahmastra, and Brahmashirsha Astra are collectively recognized as Brahma weapons. All these weapons are created by trinity member Lord Brahma, a weapon powerful enough to vanquish all beings! It is one of the most destructive, powerful, and irresistible weapons mentioned in Hinduism. Described in various Puranas, Brahmastra can only be harnessed by those who have completed every aspect of being a true warrior and are using the weapon for the betterment of mankind. If compared to modern technology, in the world of weapons Brahmastra could be synonymous with nuclear weapons.
Though Brahmastra is the strongest weapon in the universe, it isn’t the only weapon embraced by our gods. Many strong weapons such as Brahmashirsha Astra, Narayana Astra, Brahmanand Astra, Bhargava Astra, and Pashupatastra have been used by people for mass destruction, especially in the war of Mahabharata that killed some 1.6 billion people in the span of just 18 days! Just visualizing the level of forces include to perish billions in the limited time is in itself very divine and at the same time majestic. In Mahabharata, only a few Maharishis like Parasurama, Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Kripa, Ashwatthama, Arjuna, Yudhishtir, and Vikarna had the knowledge to invoke Brahmastra.
It is believed when a Brahmastra is discharged it could create a terrible blaze of fire that will tremble every living or non-living being thing in this world. When used, this weapon can destroy a powerful enemy, but the consequences won’t only be limited within a time frame. For instance, the Brahmashirsha Astra if used could create collateral damage, and every resource in the area, even the grass would be prevented from ever-growing again! There will be no rainfall for 12 Brahma years which is equivalent to 37.32 trillion Human years and the climate will worsen making it impossible for life to thrive. Then just imagine, what would happen if Brahmastra is discharged?
At the end of the Kurukshetra war, Arjun and Ashwatthama both tried using Brahmashira Astra against each other, but both were stopped by Krishna and Vyasa as it could have destroyed the world for trillions of coming years. Once invoked, the Brahmastra must be discharged, there will be neither a counterattack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma making it even more dangerous to even hold the weapon. It would take users immense mental concentration to obtain this celestial weapon, that could be only used once in a lifetime. Since Brahma is considered the Creator in Sanatana Dharm, it is believed that he created this weapon to establish righteousness and truth.
The question is if these weapons have advanced scientific technology or how come, this knowledge did not pass through to the present times? Well, the answer is in the question itself, such powerful weapons that were even feared by gods if given to the human race, that are full of greed could only mean mass destruction. Thus, by the end of Dvapara Yuga, all these weapons were hidden by gods across the universe and are said to be only awakened on the doom’s day.