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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?

  • 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! – sv. May 17 '17 at 22:22
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    Possible duplicate of Who are the seven immortals (Chiranjeevi)? – sv. 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. – Sarvabhouma 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). – Bhargav Rao 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 – DirghaChintayanti Dec 29 '17 at 9:17

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