Wednesday 30 September 2020, 10:58 PM
Weapons used in Rama-Ravana battle
By Jyoti Verma | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 8/5/2020 8:59:15 PM
Weapons used in Rama-Ravana battle

To mark the construction of a grand Ram Temple, the historic "Bhumi Pujan" or a groundbreaking ceremony was organised on August 5, 2020 in Ayodhya, where Lord Rama was believed to be born thousands of years ago. Ayodhya is a township in Uttar Pradesh, India. The ceremony was led by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

The guest list for the grand event was severely trimmed in view of coronavirus. Besides PM Modi, 50 VIPs including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat attended the ceremony.

Lord Rama is deep rooted in the psyche of Hindu masses across the world. Not only the Hindus, but Sikhs, Jains and Bodh, all these religions greatly show respect in Lord rama and his epic “Ramayana”.

The imprint of Ramayana can be seen in the societies of Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and even in China. Believers of Lord Rama are spread all over the world. Hare rama, Hare Krishna cult also has a bearing in Ram Katha or the story of Rama. King Rama is the greatest symbol of justice and a proponent of the welfare state called “Ram Rajya”.

Mahatma Gandhi was a great advocate of Ram Rajya - a welfare state.
 
The epic poem Ramayana narrates in detail the life and deeds of Lord Rama and his wife Sita when the demon king Ravana abducted Sita from the jungle, Ram, his brother Lakshman with their monkey army led by Hanuman attacked Lanka to rescue Sita where she was confined.

This battle was won by the Lord Rama and thus, considered to be the victory of good over evil.

It was a fierce battle where powerful weapons developed by Gods were used against each other. Ravana also was a very powerful king of Lanka, but because of his malicious and evil deeds, had to succumb to defeat.

Here is a glimpse of weapons said to be used in Ram-Ravan battle:

Weapons usd by Lord Rama

Lord Rama earlier intended to use Brahmastra against Sagar (Sea god), as he wanted the ocean to give way to Lanka. This was the most potent and could be used once in a lifetime. Sagar was not yielding when Rama requested him, so as the last measure, he resorted to use the Brahmastra. Sagar promptly complied. By this time, the Brahmastra was invoked, so Rama has directed it towards a place, where it could do minimal harm.

Ravana's killing: Lord Rama used prasvapna as the means to evaporate the amrita (nectar) from Ravana, which was the reason Ravana was not dying. This important advice was given by Vibheeshana to him.

In the war, he used Gandharvastra to kill 14000 asuras, as this weapon compelled asuras to think that the next person fighting them was Rama. Thus they fought with each other and killed themselves. Only two people knew to use this weapon, Rama and Ravana, though Ram only had the knowledge to neutralize this.

Weapons usd by Lakshman

Lakshman used various weapons in this war. He used Varunastra which Ravana's son Meghnaad failed. Then he used Sauryastra to neutralize Meghnaad's Aagneyastra. Lakshman also had to use powerful weapon named Maheshwar to stop Meghnad's asur weapon. Meghnad was killed when Lakshman used Indrastra.

Ravan's son Meghnaad also used few very powerful weapons

Meghnaad used his three most fierce Astra (Brahmastra, Pashupatastra and Vaishnavastra) at Lakshman but to his surprise none of them even touched him; rather Vaishnavaastra circumambulated Lakshman before disappearing. Prior to that, Meghnaad used his powerful weapon Shakti, due to which Laskhman was unconscious on battlefield. Hanuman brought Sanjeevani to revive him.

Meghnaad had also managed to imprison Rama and Laxmana in Naagpaash. Hanuman sought the help of Garud to free Rama and Lakshman.

This is a very interesting and important incident, where the gods have been rendered helpless and had to seek help of mortals.

Thus this mythology story is a teacher which teaches us to be humble, as help is needed by Gods too. And, Ravana's defeat indicates that wrath and destructiveness will be punished.

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