Krishna takes advantage of this unhealthy attachment to kill him. 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. Drona, commander of the enemy forces, assumed they were referring to his son. A very dramatic decision. A father’s heart broke. This plan of Krishna works as Bhima kills an elephant by the name Ashwathama while claiming it to be the son of Drona. According to the Chaturdhar compilation, the Narayanastra destroys one Akshauhini of Pandava army completely. Promise me, you will not share my teachings with the warrior caste, said Parashurama when Drona sought to be his student. It was the son born from this union, that would have started this dynasty. To kill an unarmed man. Kripa became the in-house teacher of Bhisma’s grand nephews, the Kauravas and the Pandavas. But what is an ideal teacher? Don’t expect me to treat you differently because we were once friends. He lowered his weapons and wept. Bhima killed an elephant called Ashwatthama. The Pandavas shouted, Ashwatthama is dead. This plan of Krishna works as Bhima kills an elephant by the name Ashwathama while claiming it to be the son of Drona. Drona becomes the teacher of the Kauravas and Pandavas and asks as fee one half of Drupada’s kingdom. Arjuna, knowing how to do so takes it back. Nothing is said in the epic of the relationship between Kripi and Drona. But his motivation is not righteous ! The previous day, their former commander-in-chief, the invincible Dronacharya, had been struck down by cunning and deceit. We cannot be friends because friendship exists only between equals. But is it a right decision? Perhaps there is more to an action than meets the eye. He has his own aspirations and needs and desires. His own father had been killed by a king who had once been his father’s patron. After the slaughter, the three warriors go to find Duryodhana. He deceitfully killed them when they were asleep, to please his friend Duryodhana, who wanted to see the Pandavas dead, before breathing his last. 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. He was too embarrassed to ask Krishna for anything. Following lord Krishna’s advice, they confront Guru Drona that Ashwatthama was killed. Although, the Pandavas could not kill Ashwatthama. This is missing in Drupada. He lost interest in the war. So Drona could be seen as one who broke two rules. And by doing so strikes at the root of the problem. Ashwatthama is trained in the art of warfare along with them.[5]. Ashwatthama ruled the Northern Panchala being subordinate to the rulers of Hastinapura. Thus, Dronacharya becomes the guru of both Pandavas and Kauravas in Hastinapur. Tell me please, Drona begged. The lie, meticulously engineered by Lord Krishna, changed the fortunes of the dramatis personae of the Mahabharata. The only person who witnessed the Mahabharat war and is still alive is Ashwathama. It blurred all his decisions. One half is given to their teacher, Drona who appoints his son, Ashwatthama, as king. [11], A character in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Learn how and when to remove this template message, The Mahabharata, Book 5 Udyoga Parva, Section CLXVIII, "Mahabharat Mythology: Is Ashwatthama Still Alive Even After so Many Years? Ashwatthama proceeds with butchering the remaining warriors, including the Upapandavas, Shikhandi, Yudhamanyu, Uttamaujas, and many other prominent warriors of the Pandava army; many texts put an emphasis on his exploits against those from Panchal. Drona had one weakness — Ashwathama, his son who was also a doughty warrior. 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. No one killed ashwatthama because he was immortal .It means that he could never be killed by anyone but lord Krishna took out the Mani from his forehead and left him in a very bad condition and ashwatthama got mad after that.Even today there are many stories of ashwatthama living on earth. But one wonders if the foster daughter of a king resented her husband’s poverty. This difference between Krishna and Drupada is worth noting. But the teacher is also a man of the world. He was the one who changed the end of Kurukshetra War. As a … Thinking his son had died, Drona was heartbroken and … [9], A theory is propounded by historians R. Sathianathaier and D. C. Sircar, with endorsements by Hermann Kulke, Dietmar Rothermund and Burton Stein. I am based in Mumbai. Ultimately, the gambit works (though the details of it vary depending on the version of the Mahabharata), and Dhristadyumna beheads the grieving sage. They were foundlings. Ashwathama gathered the only other surviving Kaurava warriors- Kritavarma and Kripacharya and attacked the Pandavas camp on the 18th night of the Kurukshetra war. His sister was given in marriage to Drona. Drupada is too busy playing king. By dividing Drupada’s kingdom, Drona set in motion another series of events. Sri Krishna tells Yudhisthira to spread the rumour that Ashwathama is dead! Bhima angrily rushes to kill Drona's son. A determined Ekalavya teaches himself archery. Had he just controlled his anger and forgiven his arrogant friend, things would have turned out differently. 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. They find him at sage Vyasa's ashram near the bank of Bhagiratha. 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. Unknown Facts Mahabharata. There is affection in Krishna’s behavior. Drona in a way is responsible for the cascade of events that leads up to the bloodbath at Kurukshetra. Krishna got Bheem to kill an elephant named Ashwathama and spread the rumour about the death of Drona’s son. In the din of the war, Drona heard Yudhishtira say, Yes, Ashwatthama is dead. Parashurama hated warriors and kings ever since. His father (Dronacharya) was killed deceptively by the Pandavas. Drona we are told was named Drona because he was conceived in a pot (drona in Sanskrit). Ashwathama was filled with wrath and invoked the celestial weapon called “Narayanastra” against the Pandavas. Ashwathama was loyal to Duryodhana and fought for the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra War. It was Bhima who killed an elephant named Ashwatthama. 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. It was against the Kshatriya rules. However, Drupada rebukes the friendship, claiming a king and a beggar cannot be friends, humiliating Drona. Tell me, said Drona to Yudhishitra, Is my son dead? Sage Vyas, Hanuman, Parashuram, Vibhishana, King Mahabali and Kripacharya complete the list. When Drona approached the eldest Pandava Yudhishthira, he confirmed that Ashwatthama was killed, but murmured that it's the elephant; the latter part of his reply was overshadowed by conches of Pandava warriors. In effect the elephant is killed and everyone shouts, "Ashwathama is dead, Ashwathama is dead!" He promises Duryodhana that he will capture Yudhishthira, but then he repeatedly fails to do so. During the war Ashwatthama left a very terrible weapon to destroy the Pandavas and his army. On the fifteenth day of Kurukshetra War, Pandavas attempt to kill Guru Dronacharya. In Kurukshetra war, Pandavas killed the father of Ashwatthama, Drona with one cunning strategic plan which was organized by Lord Krishna and performed by Yudhisthira and Bhima. “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.”. Bheem killed 99 brothers of Kauravas. 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. We can say that in breaking the code of caste Drona was a revolutionary. The Ashwathama elephant that was killed by Bhima belonged to the Pandava army. Dhrishtadyumna was waiting for this situation so he immediately killed Dronacharya. 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. Maybe a man, said the eldest Pandava. 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. As a result, Ashvatthama has a difficult childhood, with his … Drona was so poor that his son could not distinguish milk from rice water. Ashwatthama is the son of Dronacharya and Kripi. Dhrishtadyumna, also known as Draupada, was the son of Drupada and brother of Draupadi and Shikhandi in the epic Mahabharata. When he was a child, Krishna too had promised a fellow student,Sudama,half his wealth. As a result, Ashvatthama has a difficult childhood, with his family unable to even afford milk. Ashwathama’s complexity arises due to his final act of revenge in Kurukshetra. Drupada laughed and said, You cannot hold me to statements made when we were children.The situation is different now. 48. 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. The Pandavas spread the rumour of Ashwatthama's death. Mahabharata thus teaches us there is more to life than meets the eye. Dronacharya also hears these words and suspects his lone son is killed The students attack Panchala and forcibly divide Drupada’s kingdom into two. On the 16th Day of the Mahabharata War, Karna took up the leadership of the Kaurava Army. Following this plan, Bhima located and killed an elephant named Ashwathama, i.e. Vyasa Duryodhana taunts and insults him, which greatly angers Ashwatthama, causing friction between Ashwatthama and Duryodhana. An elephant, not a man, called Ashwatthama was killed. What are the consequences of such rage? Ashvatthama was appointed as the final commander-in-chief of the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra War. On the 10th day of the war, after Bhishma falls, Drona is named the supreme commander of the armies. Ashamed, Drona went to his childhood friend, Drupada, who had inherited his father’s throne and was now king of Panchala. The Pandava Bhima killed an elephant named Ashwatthama. Ashwathama had the blood of innocent young children of the five Pandavas on his hands. When the weapon is invoked, violent winds begin to blow, peals of thunder are heard, and an arrow appears for every Pandava soldier. Along with Kripa and Kritavarma, Ashwatthama plans to attack the Pandavas camp at night. But is it right, we ask? His father was Bharadvaj who was so smitten by a nymph that he shed semen in a pot where it transformed into a child. Yudhishtira hesitated. Parashurama felt kings were not behaving as kings should. Duryodhana felt greatly satisfied and avenged at Ashwatthama's ability to do for him what Bhisma, Drona, and Karna could not. Drona promised. Due to which Ashwatthama became very sad and angry and wanted to take revenge of his father's death from Pandavas. How can Krishna recommend such a dastardly act? Drona’s obsession with his son was not healthy. Shantanu, king of Hastinapur, found them exposed in the forest on a clump of grass and took them home. The worst crime in Vedic society. 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. One who teaches his student everything he knows? © 2020 Devdutt Pattanaik, All Rights Reserved. [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. Krishna is governed only by love. As a Brahmin? 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. He is a Chiranjivi. He knew it was an elephant but had been forced by Krishna to lie or at least tell a half truth. In the Mahabharata war, there were many maharathis who were not possible to defeat easily. He refused to believe them. However, owing to the darkness, Ashwathama mistakenly kills the five sons of Draupadi instead of the Pandavas. Drona advises Ashwatthama to win the war using his own strength and not through a blessing. They sacrificed one of their own war elephants to perpetuate the lie about the death of Ashwathama. 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. [10] Sircar points out that the family legends of the Pallavas speak of an ancestor descending from Ashwatthama and his union with a Naga princess. After relaying to him the deaths of all the Panchalas, they announce that the Pandavas have no sons with whom to rejoice their victory. You are a Brahmin and I am a king. He decided to check with Yudhishtira, eldest of the Pandavas, a man who had never uttered a lie. The epic is filled with such occurrences. There, he comes upon the attention of his co-disciple Bhishma. You were my inspiration, he tells Drona. Of the 100 brothers of Kaurava, only Yuyutsu survived the Mahabharata war. Or I can give you daan, charity. He was the commander of the Pandava army during the Kurukshetra War. He asks both Arjuna and Ashwatthama to take their weapons back. For this plan, Pandavas used Aswathama as bait for Drona. He breaks it not because he believes in social equality; he breaks it to teach his erstwhile friend a lesson. The Pandavas and Krishna who were away during night, now return to their camp the next day morning. This, says Krishna, will result in social anarchy eventually. Mahabharata had its shares of namesakes. If I am your teacher by inspiration, pay my fee. It is no where more evident than in the story of Drona, the guru of the Kauravas and the Pandavas. 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. I have enlisted few and interesting pairs with same name but totally different character. This cruel act is justified on grounds that the caste hierarchy had to be respected. But it was done. Eklavya played a vital role in Mahabharata. First, he chose to abandon the peaceful ways of his caste and become a warrior. They were raised in the palace along with Bhisma. 49. Drona went to Parashurama, a renegade Brahmin who knew the art of war. After reaching the Pandava camp, Ashwathama quietly enters one of the tents. Hurt and humiliated by Drupada’s words, Drona decided to become Drupada’s equal. Give me your thumb, says Drona. Whose name was ‘Narayan Astra’. Overcome with grief and rage, he slaughters most of the Pandava camp in a single night offensive. Krishna knows that it was not possible to defeat an armed Drona. Thus are born Dhristadhyumna and Draupadi. 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? the same name as Drona's son. Vibhisan : The youngest son of Sage Visharva and Kakashi, also the brother of great scholar King of … Drona was artificially born in a vessel. According to another version of the Mahabharata, Ashwathama purposely kills the sons of the Pandavas to destroy the Kuru clan. So he makes a plan to defeat him by convincing him that his son, Ashwathama was killed on the battlefield. 47. Once he did it, in Mahabharat war it was felt that Guru Dornacharya should be killed as he would not allow pandvas to win. Ultimately, the gambit works (though the details of it vary depending on the version of the Mahabharata), and Dhristadyumna beheads the grieving sage. Hearing the news of these events Yudhishthira faints and the Pandavas become inconsolable. He had also killed the powerful Jarasandha after defeating him several times. Drona married Kripi, twin sister of Kripa. He could have been nicer but he was not doing anything wrong. The poor Brahmin did visit Krishna years later. After getting their soldiers to disarm (including Bhima with some difficulty), the astra passes by harmlessly. 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. Ashwatthama swears to bring Duryodhana revenge, and Duryodhana appoints him as the commander-in-chief. Ashwathama really died" because Yudhishthira knew an elephant named Ashwatthama died really. On the 18th day, Bhima killed one Akshauhini Kaurava army. 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 … I can either give you dakshina, fees for your services. Born of righteous outrage. 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. Cut his head off, Krishna instructed Dhristadhyumna, Yudhishtira’s brother-in-law, and commander of the Pandava armies. Dhrishtadyumna killed Drona, the royal guru, when he was meditating which was against the rules of engagement. As the battle continues, Ashwatthama manages to kill King Nila of Mahismati. 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. According to The Mahabharata, Ashvatthama means "the sacred voice which relates to that of a horse". All over India one is taught to see Drona as an ideal teacher. He became a Chiranjivi (immortal) due to a curse given to him by Krishna.[2]. As a teacher? intervene and prevent the weapons from clashing against each other. Drona, desperate for some wealth, went to Drupada and reminded him of his promise. To lie. Drona’s decision must be analyzed carefully. Can one respect Drona after this act? Maybe it is an elephant. Mahabharata war Uttar is killed on the first day of the war by Shalya. Drupada in many ways was doing his role. Was this why Krishna felt there was nothing wrong in killing him through a lie? [8], Meanwhile, Krishna goes to the womb of Uttara and on the request of Draupadi and Subhadra saves her child from Brahmshirastra. Shocking facts about Ashwathama - Ashwathama was the only one who played an important role in Mahabharat. Both Kripi and Kripa were children of another sage Saradwat and another nymph. But he broke this promise soon after by offering to become the teacher of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He decided to check with Yudhishtira, eldest of the Pandavas, a man who had never uttered a lie. Yet, Krishna showered him with gifts. He won against Karna multiple times in archery and spared his life due to the vow taken by Arjuna. 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. Ashwatthama became very angry when his father Dronacharya was killed in the Mahabharata war. After hearing this, he will disarm himself in grief. He refused to believe them. 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. He was the one who changed the end of Kurukshetra War… After this incident, and seeing the plight of Drona, Kripacharya invites Drona to Hastinapur. 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. An Ashwathama had indeed been killed by Bhima, but it was an elephant, not Drona’s son. Perhaps a reading of Drona’s life tells us a lot more about teachers and about people who become teachers. 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. Yuyutsu had fought from Pandavas side. Ashvatthama defeats Dhrishtadyumna in direct combat, but failed to kill him as Satyaki and Bhima cover his retreat.[6]. Before Dronacharya's death, Ashwatthama visits his father, desiring a blessing of victory that he is denied. He is obsessed with hierarchies. ... Ashwathama along with his father Guru Dronacharya fought in the battle of Mahabharat from … Kill him before he learns the truth. [3] It is so called because when he was born he cried like a horse.[4]. Ashwathama Killed Dhrishtadyumna : Story : Finally, the mighty Droacharya was killed by Dhrishtadyumna, the son of Drupada and brother of Draupadi. 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