Celestial Weapons given to Shri Rama by Rishi Vishwamitra ('Divya Astra')
The seventeenth chapter of BalKaanda describes celestial weapons given to Shri Rama by Rishi Vishwamitra.
10. Modki and Shikhri - maces
15. Narayan astra
16. Agneya astra
It is very difficult to understand the shape and properties of these weapons. As this is a very long list of weapons, and some of the weapons have
effect on large number of soldiers, these can be termed as a mix of light and heavy weapons.
As Shri Rama is described as walking with Rishi Vishwamitra on his long journey, and kills many Rakshas along the way, it is logical to question how
these weapons are being carried.
I believe that these are weapons that Shri Rama could command by wish, and did not have to carry physically. So these weapons can be called as
This concept cannot be understood without understanding Yoga. A Yogi can command powers of nature - like fire, electricity, wind, water etc. to bring
a change in the physical world. Shri Rama was a warrior and a Yogi, so only he could do it. These weapons were not given to Laxman, though he was also
a great warrior in his own right. So Rishi is clearly differentiating capabilities of these two men.
Does this make Ramayan a myth rather than history, as existence of such weapons cannot be proven? No. It makes the story of Ramayan hard to believe
for a person who does not understand Vedic culture. But a person who understands Veda, knows that such things do occur.
Shri Rama could not have killed Ravana without these celestial weapons. Dashrath himself acknowledges his inability to fight Ravann earlier in
Balkaand, even with his entire army. So what was in Shri Rama that he took on Ravann alone. I think this is what has made Shri Rama a god. But he was
not a god, but a human with exceptional power and talents, somebody who is very very rare on earth.
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