Questions tagged [ashwatthama]

Use for any questions involving Ashvatthama, the son of guru Drona and the grandson of the sage Bharadwaja. The name is also spelled as Ashwatthama or Ashwatthaman.

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Difference between giving curse and taking revenge

There are several revenge stories in Mahabaratha such as between Drona and Drupada. Similarly there are many curse giving scenarios in Mahabaratha such as Krishna giving curse to Ashwatthama as well ...
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Why Ashvatthama tried to kill Pareekshit while he was in the womb of his mother?

Abhimanyu’s wife Uttara was pregnant. After the war, she delivered a boy who was christened Pariksheet. When he was in the womb, he was almost killed by the Brahmastra shot by Aswathama.
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Is it stated explicitly anywhere in the Mahabharata that a progressively adharmic War made Ashwatthama a monster?

Ashwatthama undergoes a shocking moral degeneration towards the end of the Mahabharata War as a result of the unethical killing of his father. He kills the entire sleeping Pandava army and the ...
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How did Ashwatthama pray to and invoke Lord Shiva on the last night of the war?

As I discuss in my answer here, Lord Mahadeva entered inside Ashwatthama and Ashwatthama did mass destruction after that: Having said these words unto the high-souled Ashvatthama, the divine ...
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Where was Ashwatthama when Pandavas spread the false news of his death?

Where was Ashwatthama when Pandavas spread the false news of his death? On that day, was Ashwatthama too far from his father like Arjun was when Abhimanyu died? If so then, how Dronacharya could ...
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How can we explain the 'vardan (boon)' of 'amaratva (immortality)'?

If the gods are reluctant to give the vardan or boon of amaratva (immortality) then why are certain personalities like Ashwasthhama and other chiranjivis immortal?
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How can Ashwatthama be an incarnation of Lord Shiva?

I have heard Ashwatthama who is an important character in the story in the Mahabharata epic and one of the chiranjeevas (immortals) to be the twelfth Rudra. However, he is seen as a cruel person for ...
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How was the relationship between Ashwatthama and Arjuna?

Arjuna was the most favorite student of Dronacharya. Did Ashwatthama had the same type of relationship with Arjuna or was favorable to Kauravas and Duryodhana? I heard both versions. What does the ...
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Who is the 'certain brāhmaṇa of pious vows' in this conversation between Kṛṣṇa and Aśvatthāmā?

From Sauptika Parva section 16: Vaishampayana said, "Understanding that that weapon was thrown (into the wombs of the Pandava women) by Drona's son of sinful deeds, Hrishikesha, with a cheerful ...
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How did Aswathama get rid the sin of killing Upapandavas and curse of Lord Krishna?

After Mahabharatha war, to avenge the death of his father Drona, Aswathama entered camp of Pandavas and killed Upapandavas and sleeping soldiers. According to Mahabhartha, Krishna curses Aswathama to ...
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After Ashwatthama's massacre, why didn't any of the Pandavs marry another woman, and obtain another child? [duplicate]

After the Kurukshetra War, Ashwatthaman directs the Brahmastra into the wombs of the Pandava women. My question is: Why didn't one of the Pandavas simply marry and get another child? Was there any ...
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What is the story of Badarayana Vyasa?

We know that present Vyasa is Krishna Dwaipayana. There is a detail about him in Mahabharata. But who is Badarayana Vyasa and what is his story? In which mahayuga was he the Vyasa?
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What is the story of Ashvatthama's mani (jewel)?

What is the story of Ashvatthama's mani (jewel)? How did he get it? What purpose did it serve? Also, what is the Aishika weapon used by Arjuna? Is it a dagger? After that, Ashvatthama, the son of ...
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Where is Ashwatthama now and upto which age he will be alive? [duplicate]

Ashwatthama, one of the seven immortals, is still alive. But can anyone tell where he is now? Many people claimed seeing him; he was much taller than an average man, peculiar was his physique too. ...
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Ashvatthaman's immortality?

I'm puzzled by Ashvatthaman's status as a chiranjivi. Not necessarily that he is one, but more the circumstances surrounding it. To wit, Ashvatthaman is made to wander the earth endlessly for 3000 ...