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Kripacharya, is one of the Chiranjivi (long lived) mentioned in the Sapta Chiranjivi Stuthi -

Ashwathaama Balirvyaaso Hanumanshach Vibhishanha Krupascha Parshuramascha Saptaitey Chiranjivinaha

My question is, how and why did he gain his extremely long life?

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  • This whole concept of Chiranjivi is a huge interpolation throughout Hindu scripture. Most people don't live beyond 100 years. It's quite surprising we don't see any of these Chiranjivi's alive today and yet most people believe they are, but "hiding" from the general public for no apparent reason! May 17 '17 at 22:22
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    Possible duplicate of Who are the seven immortals (Chiranjeevi)? May 19 '17 at 0:44
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    "Kripacharya was an extraordinary teacher. To him, all pupils were equal. Kripacharya, on the other hand, upheld the highest standards expected of a teacher: He was impartial." These were the only sentences which discuss about Kripacharya. But OP was looking for detailed story. So I think not a duplicate @sv. May 19 '17 at 7:46
  • Speaking Tree has published a blog detailing the reasons why Kripacharya became immortal. The blog doesn't cite the sources, though. (We can add an answer after finding the right reference). Dec 29 '17 at 8:54
  • @BhargavRao As per the link, SriKrishna conferred the boon on Kripacharya - perhaps SrimadBhaagavatam details this incident in better detail Dec 29 '17 at 9:17
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https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/why-is-kripacharya-immortal

According to the website of speaking tree, Krishna made him immortal.

Immortality was conferred on Kripacharya by Lord Krishna through a blessing. Kripacharya was prioritized for the conference of immortality even above Dronacharya since Kripacharya demonstrated some great virtues like truth, righteousness and impartiality. Even under highly stressful conditions he was not prepared to compromise with his values and in this regard, he stands out as the noblest among men.


https://www.knowswhy.com/why-is-kripacharya-immortal/

This website also says similar thing.

Kripacharya is blessed as immortal not just to maintain his physical deathlessness but to give life to all his sacred principles he followed. Kripacharya is prioritized over Dronacharya in reaching the position of immortality as he has not left his principles even at the time of diversity and stress.


The Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes exactly who incarnated as each of the major characters in the Mahabharata. Concerning Kripacharya, guru of the Pandavas and Kauravas, it says [this][http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01068.htm]:

And, O king, that Brahman sage who, on earth, was known by the name of Kripa and was the embodiment of all manliness was born of the tribe of the Rudras.

       Rudras are group of gods associated with Shiva and if he is pleased, he can even bestow immortality.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m10/m10017.htm

If Mahadeva be gratified, he can bestow even immortality.

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