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Droṇa in Sanskrit means "bucket" (or something like it - not sure of the nuance here). Per the Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary: n. (fr. 4. द्रु) a wooden vessel , bucket , trough &c ; a सोम vessel ([cf. Zd. draona]) RV. MBh. &c (ifc. f(आ). Hcat. ) It is said that Drona was born from a bucket, and that that is how he got his name: ...


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The incident of the Virata War has been narrated in the Goharana Parva of the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata. A small background - The Kaurava army invades the Matsya Kingdom from the north and steals their cattle (Chapter 35). Uttara, the son of King Virata, who is encouraged by the chief cowherd to face the army, takes Arjuna, dressed as Brihannala, as ...


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"How come knowledged persons like bhisma,drona and karna lived a life knowing that the liberation is the life's goal and didn't live according to it" Among these, 2 were liberated (attained Moksha) according to scriptures. Drona's liberation: Before being beheaded by Dhrishtadyumna, Drona engaged himself in Kriya yoga, described in Gita (BG 4.29,...


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As described in a number of Purana, it was considered as a very destructive weapon. It is said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counterattack nor a defense that could stop it, except by another Brahmastra. Karna didn't use Brahmastra against Ghatotkacha because he knew Arjun also had a Brahmastra to stop it. As Karna possessed a ...


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Drona also fought only half-heartedly for Duryodhana. For example, he pretended that he couldn't kill Ghatotkacha thereby forcing the wasting of the Vasavi Shakti. This claim of yours is totally wrong. Dronachary was the main cause of Death of Abhimanyu which was the most significant win of Kauravas. Also Dronacharya had killed many warriors of Pandavas. ...


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Acharya Drona selecting as a preceptor of Kauravas and Pandavas is mentioned in Mahabharata, Adi Parva, SECTION CXXXIII. The incident is as follows: Once all princes of Hastinapur are playing with ball and eventually the ball felt in a well. They tried to recover it from well but didn't succeed. There came a Brahmana and recovered that ball by using grass as ...


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Unfortunately the Mahabharata doesn't give an actual quote for Yudhisthira's statement, instead it just narrates in the third person that Yudhisthira said it. Here's what this chapter of the Drona Parva of the Mahabharata says: tam atathya bhaye magno jaye sakto yudhiṣṭhiraḥ | avyaktam abravīd rājan hataḥ kuñjara ity uta || Fearing to utter an ...


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The details of the actions performed by the illustrious Dronacharya, immediately before quitting his “material” body, are explained as under. The illustrious Dronacharya, devoted himself to “Yoga”, after keeping aside his weapons. Dronacharya then meditated on the supreme God Vishnu. And thinking on the monosyllable Om, representing Brahma, and ...


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The question has already been answered. However a portion of the description, in the question, placed as under, needs to be put in the proper perspective, for that is not the way, how, Dronacharya put his weapons down{or collapsed on the warfield}. Especially so,for those who may not be aware of the details of the event,as given in the Mahabharata epic. ...


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This story is described in Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Sambhava Parva. When Pandavas and Kauravas have completed their education, Guru Drona has asked for preceptorial fee. He has asked for the capture of Drupada. "Vaisampayana continued, 'Beholding the Pandavas and the son of Dhritarashtra accomplished in arms, Drona thought the time had come when he could ...


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Himself being a Brāhmaṇa, was it not wrong on Droṇa's part to learn warrior skills and impart them to Kṣatriyas? No. It's not wrong on Droṇa's part. It is actually recommended that a brāhmaṇa learn several skills, not just warrior skills and teach them to others depending on their varṇa (caste). But he should never put those skills to use and earn income ...


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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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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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This question assumes that a person may never change his Varna. Drona may have felt that his Varna was that of a Kshatriya and thus opted for working as a weapons trainer. If he really refused to teach a Shudra student then he was simply wrong since he should have accepted the right of a Shudra student to change his Varna to that of a Kshatriya. There are ...


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tl;dr The reasons were following: New found friendship between guru Drona and king Drupada; Guru Drona acquiring half of the kingdom of king Drupada; had to return the favour by educating his son in weapons From Adi Parva, it's well known story that king Drupada had insulted Guru Drona when the latter asked for a portion of the wealth. He retaliated back ...


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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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This was because the arrow was not an ordinary Nagastra, it was inhabited by a real snake called Ashvasena, so it could not be countered by Garudastra. EDIT: The references for this answer are this chapter of Mahabharata and this episode of Bhakthi Thiruvizha (starts at 18.26).


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Yes, he is correct because a king, who does not come from a Kshatriya family, is considered as degraded in the scriptures. So, a Brahmin becoming a king is not approved by the Dharma sastras. See the following: Manu Smriti 4.84. Let him not accept presents from a king who is not descended from the Kshatriya race, nor from butchers, oil-manufacturers, and ...


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Drona and Drupad were chums though poles apart by wealth and status. Drupad intentionally or by ignorance promised him a bounty when he ascends the throne. He feigned ignorance when Drona came to his palace and asked for it. Drona cursed him and warned him that a day will come when he will be strong enough to fight him. Drupad was Pandavas' brother in law ...


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Droṇa himself gives the reason fighting for the Kauravas when right before the war, Yudhiṣṭhira seeks his permission to fight his own guru: Yudhishthira said, I ask thee, O invincible one, how I may fight without incurring sin, and how, with thy permission, O regenerate one, I may vanquish all my foes? Drona said, If, having resolved to fight, thou hadst ...


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The questions are: Why Dronacharya demanded to make king Drupada prisoner in his gurudakshina? any specific reason? Gurudakshina was for Duryodhana(Kaurava and Pandavas), then why did he take Karna and army to take King Drupada? Drupada, the son of Prishata, used every day to come to the hermitage of Bharadwaja to play with Drona and study in his ...


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Ekalavya didn't blame himself for cutting of his thumb because his guru Dronacharya told him to do it and he had to do it. He also didn't blame himself for doing it because he never had the thought that he did something naive. It says here. Ekalavya likes his guru Dronacharya.


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It was not mentioned in KMG's version of Mahabharata that Karna learnt vedas from Drona. The following is an extract from that version. After being rejected by Drona, for getting the Brahma weapon, Karna approached Parasurama. Approaching Rama, he bent his head unto him and said, 'I am a Brahmana of Bhrigu's race.' This procured honour for him. With this ...


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King Drupada says 3 issues: 'One of low birth can never be the friend of one whose lineage is pure, Nor can one who is not a car-warrior have a car-warrior for his friend. one who is not a king cannot have a king as his friend. Drupada was not talking about the low birth here. He was talking about 3 issue, ie., his status of being a King and Drona ...


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Drona did not deny Karna, the knowledge of archery. Karna could not excel Arjuna as he did not have the determination. Then Drona endued with great prowess taught the sons of Pandu (the use of) many weapons both celestial and human. And, O bull of the Bharata race, many other princes also flocked to that best of Brahmanas for instruction in arms. The ...


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Bhishma, being grand father of both Kauravas and Pandavas did not want Karna to fight in the war, because he knew that Karna was also the son of Kunti. Thou art Kunti's son, not Radha's! Nor is Adhiratha thy father! O thou of mighty arms, I heard all this about thee from Narada as also from Krishna-Dwaipayana! Without doubt, all this is true! I tell ...


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