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First let me recount the story of Ashwatthama's curse, which is told in the Sauptika Parva of the Mahabharata. After the Mahabharata war, Ashwattama, in order to avenge the death of Duryodhana at the hands of the Pandavas, and presumably also to avenge the death of his father Drona, went into to the camp of the Pandavas at night to kill them. But the ...


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The camp of Pandavas was protected by a very dreadful form of Lord Shiva which Ashwattahama witnessed while he was entering the camp as described in this chapter of Saupitaka Parva: Sanjaya said, "Inviting Kritavarma, as also the mighty car-warrior Kripa, Drona's son, filled with rage, approached the gate of the camp. He there beheld a being of ...


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First of all Ashwatthama is not purely Shiva Avatar, he is mixed incarnation as told in this chapter of Mahabharata: And, O king, his son the heroic Aswatthaman, of eyes like the lotus-petals, gifted with surpassing energy, and the terror of all foes, the great oppressor of all enemies, was born on earth, of the united portions of Mahadeva, Yama, Kama, ...


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In a Kannada version of Mahabaratha written by Kumara Vyasa, the author says that Ashwatthama got rid of curse by Shakti Worship. Some people claim that Kumara Vyasa wrote Mahabaratha by listening to Sage Aswatthama and some other people claim that Lord Vishnu Himself narrated the story to Kumara Vyasa. Taking pity on him, Lord Parasurama agreed to help ...


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Badarayana and Veda Vyasa are one and the same.The reason why Vyasa came to be known by the Badarayana name is explained in the following passage: In the Brahmasutra, on which there are commentaries according to the various philosophical schools, Vyasa presents in an extremely terse form the substance of the ten (principal) Upanisads. Since he dwelt ...


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After the death of Guru Drona: The Kauravas were struck by grief and fear. Their all-conquering general was dead. Unable to believe it, they fled. Duryodhana, Karṇa, Śakuni, and the Kuru chiefs were overwhelmed by sorrow, and they ran along with their troops. As they rushed from the cheering Pāṇḍava forces, they encountered Aśvatthāmā moving in ...


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As I discuss in this answer, the Sauptika Parva of the Mahabharata describes how after Ashwatthama launched a Brahmastra at the womb of Abhimanu's wife Uttara, Krishna put the following curse on Ashwatthama: 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 ...


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Taking revenge is a bad conduct but curse is not. What is the difference between both? It is not that cursing is considered by the scriptures as a highly recommended act. It is definitely not so. It is considered as immoral. As per Harita (the author of Harita Smriti - one of the 18 Smritis), it is a minor sin leading to loss of cast (Jatibhramsa). See ...


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Addressing your questions one by one. Q. 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? Yes, Ashwatthaman was far away from Drona and not at his sight. This is what gave his chance to Pandavas to plan the way to slay Drona. Ashwatthaman didn't ...


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Only person who thought in the lines of Drona being killed with fraud caused change to Aswattama is Dhritarashtra while speaking with Sanjaya but it is not explicitly stated anywhere else. We can infer it from the following words "Dhritarashtra said, 'After Drona had been slain with the aid of fraud, and the Narayana weapon baffled, what, indeed, did ...


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In a Kannada version of Mahabaratha written by Kumara Vyasa, the author claimed that he wrote Mahabaratha by listening to Sage Aswatthama. It was said in order to escape from the curse of Lord Krishna, Aswatthama approached his Parama Guru (guru's guru) Lord Parasurama, who was also an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Parasurama felt pity at Aswatthama ...


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From the Ganguli translation of the Mahabharata, Sauptika Parva, Ashvatthama himself explains the powers of his gem: Drona's son said, "This my gem is more valuable than all the wealth that has ever been earned by the Pandavas and the Kauravas. If this gem is worn, the wearer ceases to have any fear from weapons or disease or hunger! He ceases to have any ...


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Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta known as Yatharth Geeta is very beautifully compiled and interpreted by Paramhans Swami Adgadanand. It is expressed in the best possible allegoric way. Symbolizing each and every character of Mahabharata. Pdf book and Audio book is available for free by Shri Paramhans Ashram Trust. He states the following about Ashwatthama: ...


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अश्वत्थामन्, Aśvatthāman means the horse-voiced. At the time of his birth, he neighed like the (celestial) steed Ucchaihsravas. Drona, obedient to the injunctions of his father and moved by the desire of offspring married Kripi, the daughter of Saradwat. And this woman, ever engaged in virtuous acts and the Agnihotra, and the austerest of penances, obtained ...


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Due to fear of Bhimasena & he might harm Ashwatthama in any deceitful way, he invoked the Brahmashira. Arjuna also invoked the same to counter it. Sage VyAsa asked both of them to revert their weapons to avoid excessive destruction. Arjuna obeyed, however Ashwatthama didn't know the skills to revoke it. Harbouring grudge against PAndava-s for their ...


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In her book, Yuganta: The End of an Epoch, Irawati Karve explains the symbolism behind Aśvatthāma's character: Kripa tried his best to dissuade him from this base plan. In this talk one sentence of Ashvatthama is especially significant. He told his uncle, "You tell me to act like a Brahmin, but I have never learned the Brahmin code. From childhood ...


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The link provided by @Tej in his excellent answer enabled me to begin to read the full text of that awful "night time massacre" in its English translation. The following exchange between Kripa and his nephew Ashwatthama is very noteworthy in that Kripacharya clearly warns the son of Drona that he is going to commit a very sinful act: [Kripa said:]...


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Only Kripacharya , Kritverma and Ashwatthama were alive after the war. Upset by the defeat and death of loved ones, they were sitting under a great banyan tree. Ashwatthama remembers how his father was insulted, cheated and killed by unfair means. He thought of every person responsible for it. Ashwatthama observed how an owl, attacked and harassed by ...


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Those who are born are certain to die. Only beginningless doesn't have end for the obvious reasons. BG 2.27 - Those who have a birth, it's certain [for them] to die, Hence you don't have to grieve about inevitable Ashwathama, shri Hanuman & all others are born with certain attributes. Though they are Chiranjivi(long lived), they are not immortal from ...


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