I am aware that Ashwatthama was cursed by Lord Krishna that he will roam the forests till the end of Kaliyuga, with blood and puss oozing out of his injuries and he will cry for death but death will not come to him.

However, I recently read a contradicting theory.

According to Kannada version of Mahabharata, Ashwatthama got in touch with Parshurama and asked him to save him from Lord Krishna’s curse. It was believed that Parasurama and Sage Durvasa initiated Ashwatthama into Sakthi worship, which is considered to be the supreme of all modes of worship. By this, Ashwatthama bypassed the curse of Lord Krishna.

Can anyone shed some light on the possibility of this?


First of all Ashwatthama was not cursed till end of Kaliyuga. The curse was to last for 3,000 years as per Sauptika Parva (taken from Mahabharata)

As regards thyself, all wise men know thee for a coward and a sinful wretch! Always engaged in sinful acts, thou art the slayer of children. For this reason, thou must have to bear the fruit of these thy sins. For 3,000 years thou shalt wander over this earth, without a companion and without being able to talk with anyone. Alone and without anybody by thy side, thou shalt wander through diverse countries, O wretch, thou shalt have no place in the midst of men. The stench of pus and blood shall emanate from thee, and inaccessible forests and dreary moors shall be thy abode! Thou shalt wander over the Earth, O thou of sinful soul, with the weight of all diseases on thee.

I have not come across any recension in which curse has been bypassed. This seems to be a folklore

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