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Pasupata
(also known as Pashupata, Pashupata Astra, Pashupatastra)

Pasupati means "Lord of the beasts" and is an epithet of Lord Shiva. Pasupata means "belonging to the Lord of the Beasts". Therefore, Pasupata is the celestial weapon of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology.

Arjuna received the Pasupata from Lord Shiva when he asked for the Brahmasira in the Mahabharata, Vana Parva section 40.

"Bhava replied, 'O powerful one. I will give to thee that favourite weapon of mine called the Pasuputa. O son of Pandu, thou art capable of holding, hurling, and withdrawing it. Neither the chief himself of the gods, nor Yama, nor the king of the Yakshas, nor Varuna, nor Vayu, knoweth it. How could men know anything of it? But, O son of Pritha, this weapon should not be hurled without adequate cause; for if hurled at any foe of little might it may destroy the whole universe. In the three worlds with all their mobile and immobile creatures, there is none who is incapable of being slain by this weapon. And it may be hurled by the mind, by the eye, by words, and by the bow.'"

Because Arjuna asks for Brahmasira but is granted Pasuapta, it is believed that the two weapons are actually one and the same. However, it is unclear why the same astra has two distinct names. It may also be referred to as Raudra Astra (weapon of Rudra, i.e. Shiva). If you have any information which would help in this regard, please leave a comment.

Thanks to Jijith Nadumuri Ravi from Ancient Voice.

Astra, India, Mythology, Weapon


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Comment From: Kaliyuga --

Brahmasira is the weapon of Lord Brahma. Both weapons have roughly equal power.