Caste is an ugly word today. Krishna asks Arjuna to fire the Brahmashira, the anti-missile, against Ashvatthama to defend themselves. [7] Ashwatthama strangles the half-awake Dhrishtadyumna by choking him to death as the prince begs to be allowed to die with a sword in his hand. According to the Chaturdhar compilation, the Narayanastra destroys one Akshauhini of Pandava army completely. He decided to check with Yudhishtira, eldest of the Pandavas, a man who had never uttered a lie. Ashvatthama defeats Dhrishtadyumna in direct combat, but failed to kill him as Satyaki and Bhima cover his retreat.[6]. He is a Chiranjivi. Ashwatthama swears to bring Duryodhana revenge, and Duryodhana appoints him as the commander-in-chief. 46. After hearing this, he will disarm himself in grief. Drona was artificially born in a vessel. And by doing so strikes at the root of the problem. Arjuna, knowing how to do so takes it back. As the battle continues, Ashwatthama manages to kill King Nila of Mahismati. Ashwathama was filled with wrath and invoked the celestial weapon called “Narayanastra” against the Pandavas. Overcome with grief and rage, he slaughters most of the Pandava camp in a single night offensive. Ashvatthama was appointed as the final commander-in-chief of the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra War. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata, Ashwathama (Sanskrit: अश्वत्थामा, romanized: Aśvatthāmā) or Drauni is the son of guru Drona and the grandson of the sage Bharadwaja. But is it a right decision? However, owing to the darkness, Ashwathama mistakenly kills the five sons of Draupadi instead of the Pandavas. The war fought between the Kaurava Pandavas in Dwaparyuga was a battle of religion and unrighteousness. During the war Ashwatthama left a very terrible weapon to destroy the Pandavas and his army. This was the name of the son of Dronacharya also. According to The Mahabharata, Ashvatthama means "the sacred voice which relates to that of a horse". Drona was so poor that his son could not distinguish milk from rice water. Although, the Pandavas could not kill Ashwatthama. Vibhisan : The youngest son of Sage Visharva and Kakashi, also the brother of great scholar King of … intervene and prevent the weapons from clashing against each other. Maybe it is an elephant. This puts fear into the Pandava army, but on Krishna instructions all the troops abandoned their chariots and also lay down all its weapons and surrender it to the weapon. 48. Despite the fact that he followed the righteous path, Guru Dronacharya was killed to lessen the power of Kauravas. The Pandava Bhima killed an elephant named Ashwatthama. Drupada is too busy playing king. Duryodhana felt greatly satisfied and avenged at Ashwatthama's ability to do for him what Bhisma, Drona, and Karna could not. He also stands against Arjuna several times, trying to prevent him from reaching Jayadratha, but is eventually defeated by Arjuna. I am based in Mumbai. Krishna hatches a plan for Bhima to kill an elephant by the name Ashwatthama while claiming to Drona it was Drona's son who was dead. An Ashwathama had indeed been killed by Bhima, but it was an elephant, not Drona’s son. Give me your thumb, says Drona. Ultimately, the gambit works (though the details of it vary depending on the version of the Mahabharata), and Dhristadyumna beheads the grieving sage. Of the 100 brothers of Kaurava, only Yuyutsu survived the Mahabharata war. He lowered his weapons and wept. In the din of the war, Drona heard Yudhishtira say, Yes, Ashwatthama is dead. But is it right, we ask? What Krishna possesses and Drupada lacks is a generosity of spirit. Second, despite the express wishes of his teacher he sold his knowledge to warriors. Ashvatthama is a Maharathi[1] who fought on the Kaurava side against the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra War. They sacrificed one of their own war elephants to perpetuate the lie about the death of Ashwathama. However, initially, Guru Dronacharya does not believe the Pandavas. Kripa became the in-house teacher of Bhisma’s grand nephews, the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Unknown Facts Mahabharata. But why should we uphold rules when they prop up a society where actions are based on power not love, where the motivation is anger not affection? This difference between Krishna and Drupada is worth noting. Drona’s decision must be analyzed carefully. There, he comes upon the attention of his co-disciple Bhishma. However, Drupada rebukes the friendship, claiming a king and a beggar cannot be friends, humiliating Drona. For this plan, Pandavas used Aswathama as bait for Drona. Ashwathama really died" because Yudhishthira knew an elephant named Ashwatthama died really. Before Dronacharya's death, Ashwatthama visits his father, desiring a blessing of victory that he is denied. Ashwatthama first kicks and awakens Dhrishtadyumna, the commander of the Pandava army and the killer of his father. The now triggered Ashwatthama invokes the Brahmastra against the Pandavas to fulfill the oath of killing them. 45. Or I can give you daan, charity. It has lots of powerful weapons and they surviving at the end of the war of Mahabharata. He was one of the warriors of mahabharat war who crossed all limits of conduct and even misused divine Astras. On the 14th day of the war, he kills a division of Rakshasas and Anjanaparvan (son of Ghatotkacha). ... Ashwathama was killed on the battlefield. Drona married Kripi, twin sister of Kripa. Ashwathama was loyal to Duryodhana and fought for the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra War. The only person who witnessed the Mahabharat war and is still alive is Ashwathama. Once he did it, in Mahabharat war it was felt that Guru Dornacharya should be killed as he would not allow pandvas to win. Nothing is said in the epic of the relationship between Kripi and Drona. [8], Meanwhile, Krishna goes to the womb of Uttara and on the request of Draupadi and Subhadra saves her child from Brahmshirastra. One who teaches his student everything he knows? Bhima killed an elephant called Ashwatthama. Drona, desperate for some wealth, went to Drupada and reminded him of his promise. Drona does many years of severe penance to please Lord Shiva in order to obtain a son who possesses the same valiance as Lord Shiva. Drona promised. As a … To judge a decision as right or wrong is impossible unless seen in full context. The Pandavas shouted, Ashwatthama is dead. A very dramatic decision. He promises Duryodhana that he will capture Yudhishthira, but then he repeatedly fails to do so. Drona advises Ashwatthama to win the war using his own strength and not through a blessing. A Brahmin’s head. Sanjaya narrates each incident of the Kurukshetra War, fought in 18 days, as and when it happened. They were raised in the palace along with Bhisma. To lie. So he makes a plan to defeat him by convincing him that his son, Ashwathama was killed on the battlefield. On the fifteenth day of Kurukshetra War, Pandavas attempt to kill Guru Dronacharya. A father’s heart broke. Thinking his son had died, Drona was heartbroken and … Perhaps there is more to an action than meets the eye. R emember how Krishna planned the killing of Guru Dronacharya, the invincible commander-in-chief of the Kaurava army, in the Mahabharata war? Ashwatthama ruled the Northern Panchala being subordinate to the rulers of Hastinapura. It blurred all his decisions. © 2020 Devdutt Pattanaik, All Rights Reserved. I can either give you dakshina, fees for your services. He is a Chiranjivi. He became a Chiranjivi (immortal) due to a curse given to him by Krishna.[2]. Krishna is governed only by love. Jaya, the core of Mahabharata, is structured in the form of a dialogue between the King Dhritarashtra (who was born blind) and Sanjaya (having a divine vision), his advisor, and chariot driver. The Kurukshetra War, also called the Mahabharata War, is a war described in the Hindu epic poem Mahābhārata.The conflict arose from a dynastic succession struggle between two groups of cousins, the Kauravas and Pandavas, for the throne of Hastinapura.It involved several ancient kingdoms participating as allies of the rival groups. In the war to defeat Dronacharya sri krishna planned a clever tactic .On the side of the pandavas there was an elephant by the name Ashwathama.sri krishna told Yudhishthira to spread the rumour that Ashwathama was dead.The elephant was killed and everyone shouted "Ashwathama is dead", Dronacharya heard these words and suspected his lone son Ashwatham was killed in th battle.Gloomy … He was too embarrassed to ask Krishna for anything. Pandavas there was an elephant by the name Ashwathama. Since Hastinapura, ruled by King Dhritarashtra, offered Dronacharya the privilege of teaching the Kuru princes, both Dronacharya and Ashwatthama are loyal to Hastinapur and fight for the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war. Mahabharata had its shares of namesakes. I will share my fortune with you, Drupada had once promised Drona. For dharma, said Krishna. But his motivation is not righteous ! Ultimately, the gambit works (though the details of it vary depending on the version of the Mahabharata), and Dhristadyumna beheads the grieving sage. Ashwathama had the blood of innocent young children of the five Pandavas on his hands. Had he just controlled his anger and forgiven his arrogant friend, things would have turned out differently. As a Brahmin? Drona does many years of severe penance to please Lord Shiva in order to obtain a son who possesses the same valiance as Lord Shiva. We cannot be friends because friendship exists only between equals. But it was done. “Then the mighty-armed Bhima, O king, slew with a mace a foe-crushing, terrible and huge elephant named Aswatthaman, of his own army, belonging to Indravarman, the chief of the Malavas.”. Disappointed, Dronacharya quit his weapons and later was then killed by Dhrishtadhyumna. The poor Brahmin did visit Krishna years later. Ashvatthama is born with a gem on his forehead which gives him power over all living beings lower than humans; it protects him from hunger, thirst, and fatigue. Are his teaching methods a fallout of his own life’s experience? While Drona disregards the caste hierarchy for his son, he clings to it when it comes to Ekalavya a tribal boy who was not allowed to join Drona’s school on grounds that he was a tribal, not a member of the warrior caste, hence unfit to hold the bow. The Pandavas and Krishna who were away during night, now return to their camp the next day morning. It was the son born from this union, that would have started this dynasty. Ashwathama was the most powerful warrior of the Mahabharata period. Even as some soldiers try and fight back, Ashwatthama remains unharmed due his activated abilities as one of the eleven Rudras. 49. Drupada laughed and said, You cannot hold me to statements made when we were children.The situation is different now. It was Bhima who killed an elephant named Ashwatthama. Drona, commander of the enemy forces, assumed they were referring to his son. After reaching the Pandava camp, Ashwathama quietly enters one of the tents. Dhrishtadyumna, also known as Draupada, was the son of Drupada and brother of Draupadi and Shikhandi in the epic Mahabharata. [3] It is so called because when he was born he cried like a horse.[4]. This claim finds support in the fact that Kanchipuram was where the Pallavas would dwell, and this was earlier a part of the Naga Kingdom. To kill an unarmed man. You were my inspiration, he tells Drona. Yudhishtira hesitated. Drona went to Parashurama, a renegade Brahmin who knew the art of war. 47. He lost all interest in life. Ashwatthama not knowing how to take back the Brahmastra, instead directs the weapon towards the womb of the pregnant Uttara in an attempt to end the lineage of the Pandavas. In the Mahabharata war, there were many maharathis who were not possible to defeat easily. They find him at sage Vyasa's ashram near the bank of Bhagiratha. As a result, Ashvatthama has a difficult childhood, with his … In effect the elephant is killed and everyone shouts, "Ashwathama is dead, Ashwathama is dead!" A determined Ekalavya teaches himself archery. As a teacher? He won against Karna multiple times in archery and spared his life due to the vow taken by Arjuna. On the 10th day of the war, after Bhishma falls, Drona is named the supreme commander of the armies. Drupada sent for sages who with their magical powers gave him a son who would not shy away from killing a Brahmin and a daughter who would marry into the Pandava household and divide their family property just as they had divided Panchala. But what is an ideal teacher? Shantanu, king of Hastinapur, found them exposed in the forest on a clump of grass and took them home. We can say that in breaking the code of caste Drona was a revolutionary. Born of righteous outrage. There was nothing noble or righteous in the actions. He asks both Arjuna and Ashwatthama to take their weapons back. Drona, commander of the enemy forces, assumed they were referring to his son. He decided to check with Yudhishtira, eldest of the Pandavas, a man who had never uttered a lie. He ended up upsetting Drona and an enraged Drona took a step that went against the rules of caste which, according to Vedic ideology, had the potential to destroy social order. Following this plan, Bhima located and killed an elephant named Ashwathama, i.e. In order to find a way out, Krishna suggested Bhima to kill an elephant by name Ashwathama and claim to Drona that he has killed Drona's son Ashwathama. Tell me please, Drona begged. He deceitfully killed them when they were asleep, to please his friend Duryodhana, who wanted to see the Pandavas dead, before breathing his last. He has his own aspirations and needs and desires. Dhrishtadyumna was waiting for this situation so he immediately killed Dronacharya. Perhaps a reading of Drona’s life tells us a lot more about teachers and about people who become teachers. By dividing Drupada’s kingdom, Drona set in motion another series of events. He defeated Bhishma, Drona and Ashwathama multiple times and killed all the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war. Drupada in many ways was doing his role. The worst crime in Vedic society. Thus, Dronacharya becomes the guru of both Pandavas and Kauravas in Hastinapur. He is obsessed with hierarchies. Ashwathama’s complexity arises due to his final act of revenge in Kurukshetra. Yuyutsu had fought from Pandavas side. So Drona could be seen as one who broke two rules. Can one respect Drona after this act? Cut his head off, Krishna instructed Dhristadhyumna, Yudhishtira’s brother-in-law, and commander of the Pandava armies. As lord krishna himself being the incarnation of Narayana, he knows about the weapon, as the weapon only targets an armed person while ignores unarmed ones. As the child faced a test of life even before being born, Lord Sri Krishna names him Parikshit (Tested one)and later on succeeds Yudhisthira to become king of Hastinapur. When he was a child, Krishna too had promised a fellow student,Sudama,half his wealth. Ashwathama gathered the only other surviving Kaurava warriors- Kritavarma and Kripacharya and attacked the Pandavas camp on the 18th night of the Kurukshetra war. The angered Pandavas try to kill Ashwatthama, but Krishna cuts Ashwatthama's divine gem from his forehead and curses that until the end of Kali Yuga, he will suffer to the excessive amount but still he will not die, his skin will start to melt but still he will not die, nobody will come in front of him. Krishna got Bheem to kill an elephant named Ashwathama and spread the rumour about the death of Drona’s son. It demonstrates the killer strategy of successful fibbing—the fabrication is founded on the truth. His story remains mostly unexplored even with a great role in the Kurukshetra War. Those who try to flee from Ashwatthama's wrath are hacked down by Kripacharya and Kritavarma at the camp's entrances. Hearing the news of these events Yudhishthira faints and the Pandavas become inconsolable. The Ashwathama elephant that was killed by Bhima belonged to the Pandava army. His father (Dronacharya) was killed deceptively by the Pandavas. The deceptive plot of his rumoured death led to the beheading of his grieving father Drona, who was incapacitated while meditating for his son's soul. Though an expert in warfare, Dronacharya lives the simple life, with little money or property. Don’t expect me to treat you differently because we were once friends. Finally, the mighty Droacharya was killed by Dhrishtadyumna, the son of Drupada and brother of Draupadi. Shocking facts about Ashwathama - Ashwathama was the only one who played an important role in Mahabharat. When urged by Duryodhana to use the weapon again, desirous of victory, Aswatthama sadly responds that if the weapon is used again, it will turn on its user. Bheema had killed an elephant named Ashwatthama and proclaimed his achievement to Drona, that "Ashwatthama was dead". He breaks it not because he believes in social equality; he breaks it to teach his erstwhile friend a lesson. How do these influence his teaching? This, says Krishna, will result in social anarchy eventually. Thus are born Dhristadhyumna and Draupadi. Later, after Duryodhana is struck down by Bhima and facing death, the last three survivors from the Kaurava side, Ashwatthama, Kripa, and Kritvarma rush to his side. But one wonders if the foster daughter of a king resented her husband’s poverty. This cruel act is justified on grounds that the caste hierarchy had to be respected. According to the rules of the war that took place in Kurukshetra, no one was allowed to strike an animal unless it posed a direct threat. Ashwathama: The last Kuru warlord & Ashwathama: The Elephant; This is probably the most famous namesake, which changed the tide of the war on Pandava’s side. Sri Krishna tells Yudhisthira to spread the rumour that Ashwathama is dead! Drona had one weakness — Ashwathama, his son who was also a doughty warrior. The price asked was one half of Drupada’s kingdom. In this war, Shri Krishna also vowed not to take up arms and weapons. What are the consequences of such rage? Both Kripi and Kripa were children of another sage Saradwat and another nymph. In grief, Drona disarms himself, and Dhristadyumna beheads the sage Drona. Hurt and humiliated by Drupada’s words, Drona decided to become Drupada’s equal. The Narration of the Kurukshetra War. Ashwathama Killed Dhrishtadyumna : Story : When the weapon is invoked, violent winds begin to blow, peals of thunder are heard, and an arrow appears for every Pandava soldier. The epic is filled with such occurrences. Promise me, you will not share my teachings with the warrior caste, said Parashurama when Drona sought to be his student. I have enlisted few and interesting pairs with same name but totally different character. Krishna knows that it was not possible to defeat an armed Drona. In this great war, Lord Krishna accepted Mahayodha to be the charioteer of Arjuna. This plan of Krishna works as Bhima kills an elephant by the name Ashwathama while claiming it to be the son of Drona. His sons name was Ashvathama, one among pandvas killed the elephant named also Ashvathama on direction of Lord Krishna and it was declared that Ashvathama has been killed. His sister was given in marriage to Drona. Actually, Bheema killed an elephant named Ashwathama. His own father had been killed by a king who had once been his father’s patron. He was the commander of the Pandava army during the Kurukshetra War. How can Krishna recommend such a dastardly act? He was the one who changed the end of Kurukshetra War… It was against the Kshatriya rules. Tell me, said Drona to Yudhishitra, Is my son dead? Once again the caste hierarchy is broken. Ashwatthama is the son of Dronacharya and Kripi. He lost interest in the war. And the best way to reach me is to drop me a line by using the contact form below. Krishna takes advantage of this unhealthy attachment to kill him. As a result, Ashvatthama has a difficult childhood, with his family unable to even afford milk. One who helps a student develop to his full potential? All over India one is taught to see Drona as an ideal teacher. Wanting to provide a better life for his family, Drona goes to the Panchal Kingdom to seek aid from his former classmate and friend, Drupada. After getting their soldiers to disarm (including Bhima with some difficulty), the astra passes by harmlessly. Drona becomes the teacher of the Kauravas and Pandavas and asks as fee one half of Drupada’s kingdom. There is affection in Krishna’s behavior. Eklavya played a vital role in Mahabharata. The previous day, their former commander-in-chief, the invincible Dronacharya, had been struck down by cunning and deceit. But he broke this promise soon after by offering to become the teacher of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. We can interpret this as a tale of a child who was conceived in the forest by a Vedic sage and a forest woman, a tribal woman who followed her heart and was not inhibited by the Vedic rules of marriage. According to another version of the Mahabharata, Ashwathama purposely kills the sons of the Pandavas to destroy the Kuru clan. Ashamed, Drona went to his childhood friend, Drupada, who had inherited his father’s throne and was now king of Panchala. After relaying to him the deaths of all the Panchalas, they announce that the Pandavas have no sons with whom to rejoice their victory. With this, Duryodhana breathes his last, and mourning, the three remaining members of the Kaurava army perform the cremation rites. Drona in a way is responsible for the cascade of events that leads up to the bloodbath at Kurukshetra. Sage Vyas, Hanuman, Parashuram, Vibhishana, King Mahabali and Kripacharya complete the list. He refused to believe them. 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