Weapons of Mahabharatha

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein

When we read the Mahabharata we could observe incredible weapons that were very powerful in magnitude frequently used in the war. The descriptions of these weapons clearly indicates an advanced science that possibly existed.  How could this be possible ? If we take up the hypothesis that these descriptions were not mere imaginations then how come such complex technology of manufacturing advanced weapons were known by those ancient people ?

The weapons used in Mahabharata were a combination of ancient earthly weapons and the highly powerful and advanced futuristic weapons provided by the Aliens. Especially the various types of "Asthras" (missiles) and various types of "Dhanush" (launchers) of Mahabaratha are all provided by the Aliens. The description of these weapons clearly makes us to believe that their production requires large scale industrial infrastructure involving complex technology and development. To manufacture such advanced weapons, thousand of years of research and development should have taken place. Therefore it is conclusive that these weapons were received from the Aliens and not manufactured in this planet. Mahabharata also provides detailed descriptions of these weapons received from Aliens. From a scientific view descriptions of gods and demigods described in Mahabharatha are Aliens far more advanced  in science (in light years) than us. 

The Aliens provided the Asthras and the Manthras or passwords to Invoke it. Before launching the Athras the invoker chants a Mantra [click here to go to the concepts page to learn what is Mantra, Asthra, Rishi etc] with utmost concentration. This may be some sort of telepathic communication to the provider of the weapon (Alien) or his control unit. This in turn results in a remote method invocation (as we use in software ). Then the Asthra is navigated and controlled from distant planets or galaxies.

Some Asthras returns back to the person who launches it. Eg.Karna's Nagaasthara and Krishna's Sudharsana chakra. This may be similar to the reusable missiles which the Indian Space Research Organisation is working on.

What about practical control issues? How can the Asthra be controlled from an extreme distance if the controller has no idea where it's going and what it's doing?
It is possible, if we can use Global Positioning System (GPS) aided mapping for the world, then why not Aliens with very advanced knowledge use a mapping for our entire galaxy (milky way) or even larger area with an advanced science associated with it.  The person through telepathy uses the Mantra (password) logs in and then communicates the object to be reached to the controller and it takes control. The controller need not be a person ie. an Alien but a highly futuristic advanced navigational system. All missiles are not guided and navigated, most of the missiles are aim and shoot and depends on the precision of the warrior. Some travel very long distance and that is possible only if some sort of navigational system prevails. The technology might have been much more advanced that even an inbuilt navigational system was available within the missiles. There may also be an biological address (as like an IP address in pc) for each living being which may be far advanced for us to perceive.

Moreover the function of an Asthra is not just similar to a missile.  Also its working principles may not be in similar lines with modern day missiles. It may be much more advanced and varied including variants like high powered lasers and other unknown rays. Asthras of Mahabharata probably might have also used technologies of emitting most dangerous rays like Gamma rays etc., which have exceptional power to penetrate.  Modern scientists say because of their energies gamma rays can do a lot of damage and can dissociate a whole flow of chemical bonds as it passes through a human body and then can come right out the other side with no difficulty.

Asthras are used both for offensive and defensive purposes. In cases of defensive purpose it may be similar to a "Tesla shield" which invokes an incredible shield that could destroy hundreds of incoming asthras making them impossible to penetrate. The modern "Tesla shield" conceptualized  discharges electrical energy and any incoming physical object which hits the shell receives an enormous discharge of that energy and instantly vaporized.

Nuclear weapons in Mahabharatha 

In the Mahabharata the total death toll amounts to around 1.6 billion in a matter of 18 days. How could this be possible unless and otherwise there is an involvement of weapons of mass destruction. Modern archeological surveys have slowly started to provide us valuable clues of the war.  The vast amount of devastation found at the site of Mohenjo Daro corresponds exactly to Nagasaki, declared Davenport, who published his startling findings in an amazing book, "Atomic Destruction in 2000 B.C.", Milan, Italy, 1979. There was an epicenter about 50 yards wide where everything was crystallized, fused or melted, he said. Sixty yards from the center the bricks are melted on one side indicating a blast 4,000 years ago. All the skeletons were flattened to the ground. For example, a father, mother and child were found flattened in the street, facedown and still holding hands. Interestingly, the ancient texts refer repeatedly to the Vimanas, or the flying cars, which fly under their own power, he added. Davenport's intriguing theory has met with intense interest in the scientific community. Nationally known expert William Sturm said, "the melting of bricks at Mohenjo Daro could not have been caused by a normal fire". Professor Antonio Castellani, a space engineer in Rome commented "it's possible that what happened at Mohenjo Daro was not a natural phenomenon"

Click the link to know more about Mr. Oppenheimer's (architect of modern atomic bomb) belief that nukes were used in ancient India. Ancient nuclear bomb

In the Mahabharatha various categories of weapons were used.

For examples this weapon used in the Musala Parva of the Mahabharatha is very similar to the modern day nuclear bomb. The description itself is terrifying. "Flying a swift and powerful vimana (fast aircraft) hurled a single projectile Charged with all the power of the Universe. An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as ten thousand Suns rose in all its was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, Which reduced to ashes. The Entire race of the Vrishnis and thr Andhakas....the corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. Their hair and nails fell out, pottery broke without apparent cause and the birds turned white. After a few hours all foodstuffs were infected. To escape from this fire, the soldiers threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment"

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Let us go through the facts and figures of the Mahabharata war in "Kurukshetra".  

Mahabharatha war - Facts and figures

War started on6.30 AM - 22 November 3067 BC Friday
The war ended on 18th Day  ie. 9th December 3067 BC
Place of the war Kurukshetra around 65 miles from Delhi
Size of the battlefieldIt is not the present Kurukshetra covering just 80 square Kms , but a vast kingdom of King Kuru.
Number of people per Akshahuni (division)1,09,350
Number of Akshahuni of both Pandavas and Gauravas 18
Total Number of people from Pandavas and Gauravas 19,68,300 (18 * 109350)
Number of people died 1,66,00,20000 [According to Stri parva] This needs further research as the number of casualties seems to be too large.
Number of people survived 240165
Number of people survived among Pandavas & Gauravas7
Details of people participated from other kingdoms
Pandavas side


1 Akshahuni
Chief of Chedis, Dhrishtaketu etc 
1 Akshahuni
King of Magadha, Jayatsena 1 Akshahuni
Pandya, Drupada, Virata (king of Matsya) and others 4 Akshahuni

Total external troops of Pandavas 7 Akshahuni

Kauravas side

King bhagadatta, Chins and Kiratas 1 Akshahuni
Bhurisravas, and Salya, 1 Akshahuni
Kritavarman, the son of Hridika, Bhojas, Andhas and Kukuras 1 Akshahuni
Jayadratha from Sindhusauvira 1 Akshahuni
Sudakshina, the king of the Kambhojas with Yavanas and Sakas 1 Akshahuni
Two kings of Avanti 2 Akshahuni
Five royal brothers, the princes of Kekaya 1 Akshahuni
King Nila of Mahishmati and others 3 Akshahuni

Total external troops of Kauvravas 11 Akshahuni
Which countries, regions participated in the war ? It was a global war, almost all the civilization that existed participated Refer Geography section
Types of Asthras used ? Asthras like Brahmashira, Brahmasthra, Pasupatasthra, Vaishnavasthra, Narayana Asthra, Agneyasthra, Vayavasthra, Nagasthra, Vajrasthra, Varunasthra etc