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Hinduism - Who Is Vidura In Hindu Mythology?

 


He is the son of sage Vyasa and Queen Ambika's maid servant.


Vidura, according to tradition, is a partial incarnation of Dharma, the deity who personifies justice.

In his contacts with the Pandavas and Kauravas, the epic's two warring factions, Vidura constantly demonstrates his justice.



As the Kauravas grow more evil, he gravitates toward the Pandavas, whom he serves as a trustworthy and loyal counsel.

Vidura is the one who recognizes the danger in the House of Lac, which is made solely of extremely flammable materials, and makes plans for the Pandavas to flee.


He stays neutral throughout the Mahabharata battle, but once it is finished, he returns to serve as an advisor to King Yudhishthira, the oldest of the Pandavas, and Yudhishthira's siblings.


~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - Who Is Vyasa In Hindu Mythology?

 



A sage who is traditionally thought to be the creator of the Mahabharata, the second of the two major Sanskrit epics, according to Hindu mythology. 

As a consequence of his dalliance with the ferrywoman Satyavati, Vyasa is the son of the sage Parashara.

Satyavati marries King Shantanu later in life, but only after securing the guarantee that their offspring will govern instead of Shantanu's firstborn son, Bhishma.

Satyavati's first son dies as a youngster, and his second son dies after marrying but before producing children.

Satyavati begs Vyasa to sleep with the brides of her younger sons, Ambika and Ambalika, in order to save Shantanu's dynasty.

Vyasa is a terribly unattractive man, according to legend, and both ladies respond automatically when he comes in their beds.

Ambika conceals her eyes, causing her son Dhrtarashtra to be born blind, while Ambalika becomes pale, leading her son Pandu to be born with an unusually pale complexion.

Vyasa also has intercourse with Ambika's maidservant, who freely submits herself to him, and Vidura is born from her.

The Pandavas and Kauravas, respectively, are the descendants of Pandu and Dhrtarashtra, the two warring groups whose rivalry propels the Mahabharata.

As a result, Vyasa is not only the Mahabharata's author, but also the source of the Mahabharata's two families' fight.


Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - What Is The Vishnu Purana?

 


Vishnu Purana is a Hindu epic that tells the story of Lord Vishnu and his One of the eighteen traditional puranas, which comprised an important genre of smrti texts and housed much of traditional Indian mythology.

The smrtis, or "remembered" texts, were considered less authoritative than the shrutis, or "heard" texts, despite being considered important.

In a nutshell, the shrutis referred to the Vedas, the oldest and most authoritative Hindu religious texts, whereas the smrtis referred to the Mahabharata and Ramayana, as well as dharma literature, the Bhagavad Gita, and the puranas.

The puranas contain a wide range of sacred lore, ranging from mythic tales to ritual instruction to the exaltation of various sacred sites (tirthas) and actions.

The majority of the puranas are sectarian, and this one is focused on Vishnu's warship, as its name implies.

It includes instructions for how, where, and when Vishnu should be worshiped, as well as an exhaustive list of Vishnu's mythic deeds—many of which have become the common mythic currency for many traditional Hindus.


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Hinduism - Who Is Virata?

 


Virata is the monarch who shelters the five Pandava brothers, the epic's heroes, during the year they spend incognito after their twelve years of exile in the forest, in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

This year is crucial because, according to the pact the Pandavas made with their foe, Duryodhana, if they are found during this year, the cycle of exile and living in secrecy would begin all over again.

Even though Duryodhana has dispatched armies of spies to locate the Pandavas, Virata's care and forethought prevents them from being detected.

He continues to help the Pandavas throughout the Mahabharata battle and is finally murdered by the archery expert Drona.


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Hinduism - What Is Vidhi In Hindu Philosophy?

 



Philosophical idea present in the Mahabharata and Ramayana, two classic Sanskrit epics.

As shown there, vidhi is an impersonal force that controls and constrains both gods and humans; this view corresponds well to the concept of destiny.


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Hinduism - Who Is Vichitravirya In Hindu Mythology?

 



Satyavati's and King Shantanu's grand son in Hindu legend. 


King Vichitravirya's wives are Ambika and her sister Ambalika, who died without heirs.

Satyavati, Vichitravirya's mother, asks her son, Vyasa, to sleep with his brother's two wives in a desperate effort to preserve the lineage.



Ambika and Ambalika each recoil from Vyasa on their own, and each of their sons is born with a flaw: 


  • Ambika conceals her eyes, causing her son Dhrtarashtra to be born blind.
  • Ambalika becomes pale, leading her son Pandu to be born with an unusually pale skin.


Ambika is so horrified by Vyasa's looks that she sends her serving maid instead when she is urged to sleep with him again.

In contrast to the two sisters, Ambika's maid happily serves Vyasa and receives a gorgeous son called Vidura as a result.



Vichitravirya dies after marrying Ambika and Ambalika but before fathering any children.


Satyavati only asks her oldest son, Vyasa, to sleep with the two women in order to continue King Shantanu's lineage.

Vyasa sires Pandu and Dhrtarashtra from this marriage, and their descendants become the principal fighting factions in the Mahabharata, the second of the two great Sanskrit epics.


~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - Who Is Vayu In The Hindu Pantheon?

 


In Hindu mythology, the wind-personified god.

Vayu is a minor god and one of the eight Guardians of the Directions, with the north west as his direction.


Vayu is considered to be pre-sent within the body, in the five "vital winds" (prana) via which all physiological processes are said to occur.

Vayu is a minor god, but two of his sons are immensely important.


Bhima, his son, is one of the five Pandava brothers who appear in the Mahabharata, the second of the two major Sanskrit epics.

Bhima is known for his power and stature, as well as his earthy cravings, which mirror the wind's raw, untamed nature.


Hanuman, Vayu's second famous son, is a monkey deity.

Despite the fact that Hanuman is most known for his devotion and dedication to the deity Rama in mythology, he is one of the most popular and extensively adored deities in northern India in reality.

Hanuman's popularity may arise from his middle station; as a servant, he is less distant and magnificent than Rama, making him more approachable to human requests.

Another key consideration is that this accessibility is accompanied with strength and the capacity to defend people who seek his assistance.


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Hinduism - What Is The Mahabharata?

 

The mythological sage Vyasa is credited with writing one of the two major Sanskrit epics.

The Mahabharata is substantially lengthier than the Ramayana, the other great epic.

The Mahabharata is the world's longest epic poem, with about 100,000 stanzas.

If the Ramayana is the story of the "good" family, in which brothers work together to maintain and protect their family, the Mahabharata is the story of the "bad" family, in which an extended royal family's hardheartedness and ambition for power leads to its demise.

The epic is located west of modern-day Delhi and tells the story of a fratricidal civil war.

The following is a substantially condensed version of the story: Shantanu is the Kurus's ruler.

He dies in an untimely and heirless manner.

Satyavati, Shantanu's wife, calls for her oldest son, the guru Vyasa, who fathers offspring by Shantanu's two women, in a desperate bid to maintain the royal dynasty.

Because Dhrtarashtra, the oldest son, is born blind, his younger brother Pandu inherits the crown.

Because of a curse, Pandu abdicates his kingdom and retires to the forest with his two wives, Kunti and Madri, allowing his older brother to govern in his stead.

Dhrtarashtra's wife, Gandhari, mysteriously bears a hundred sons, the eldest of them is Duryodhana; the hundred sons are known as the Kauravas and are the epic's enemies.

Yudhishthira, Bhima, and Arjuna are Kunti's three sons in the jungle, while Madri had twins Nakula and Sahadeva.

The Pandavas, the epic's heroes, are these five sons.

Pandu has been cursed to perish the instant he hugs his wife in loving embrace, hence none of these children are his sons.

Rather, they were created by the use of a mantra given to Kunti by the sage Durvasas, which gives the woman who recites it the ability to summon any of the gods and bear a son equal to that god's might.

Kunti gets the mantra long before her marriage and recites it spontaneously while staring at the sun, giving birth to a radiant kid.

Kunti, distraught and desperate, places him in a box and throws him into the Ganges.

The charioteer Adhiratha adopts the kid, who grows up to be the heroic Karna.

Pandu dies young as a consequence of his curse, and Kunti (his wife) and his sons (the Pandavas) return to Hastinapur, where the boys are nurtured as princes.

Duryodhana (the oldest of the Kauravas) and his cousins have had a tense relationship from the start, owing to Duryodhana's ambition for the throne, which rightfully belongs to Yudhishthira (one of the Pandavas).

The Pandava brothers leave the realm to become mercenaries after foiling many assassination attempts.

Arjuna wins the hand of Princess Draupadi on one of their adventures, and she becomes their common wife (their mother commands that Arjuna share whatever he wins with his brothers).

After a while, Dhrtarashtra (the Kauravas' father) abdicates the throne and divides his country.

The Pandavas construct a new capital at Indraprastha, which is located near modern-day Delhi.

Things remain peaceful for a time, but Duryodhana isn't satisfied to share his kingdom.

He challenges Yudhishthira to a dice game, pitting him against Shakuni, the most skilled gambler alive.

Yudhishthira is an example of honesty and decency, but his fatal fault is his addiction to gambling.

Yudhishthira loses his kingdom, all of his belongings, his brothers, himself, and eventually his wife in the match.

Duryodhana's brother, Duhshasana, pulls Draupadi into the assembly hall by her hair, her garments soiled with her menstrual blood, in one of the epic's most devastating sequences.

Dhrtarashtra is moved to set them free by Draupadi's humiliation, but it also initiates the hostility that drives the remainder of the tale.

Following some haggling, the parties agree that the Pandavas will spend twelve years in exile and the thirteenth in secret.

They will reclaim their kingdom if they can stay undetected for the thirteenth year.

However, if they are found, the cycle of exile will begin all over again.

Yudhishthira and his brothers approach Duryodhana for their fair portion after thirteen years, but are haughtily rejected.

All attempts at reconciliation fail because Duryodhana states he won't give them enough land to poke a needle in.

The Pandavas, pressed against a wall, prepare for combat.

Yudhishthira and his siblings are on one side, supported by their advisor Krishna.

Duryodhana and many esteemed characters, like as Drona, Bhishma, and Karna, are on the opposing side.

The fight rages for eighteen days, until the majority of the important individuals have died.

Yudhishthira and his brothers make it through.

Yudhishthira is anointed king and reigns for many years in righteousness.

He appoints his grandson, King Parikshit, to the throne later in life.

He embarks on a last expedition into the Himalayas with his siblings.

Yudhishthira ultimately joins the divine world after his siblings die one by one throughout the voyage.

This synopsis does not cover the whole of the epic.

One of the epic's characteristics is that it incorporates several unrecorded stories, with the main plot serving as a frame.

Aside from being a story of a dysfunctional family, the Mahabharata has a wealth of cultural wisdom, with character names that are still meaningful today.

The text's TV serial, which aired for more than a year in 1989–90, was a huge hit in India.

It's also worth noting that many traditional Indian families will not maintain a copy of the book in the home since it's thought that doing so may cause family strife.


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Hinduism - Who Is Madri In Hindu Mythology?


Madri is the junior wife of King Pandu and the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

Pandu has been cursed to perish the instant he hugs his wife in loving embrace, therefore none of these children are his sons.

Rather, they were created miraculously by the impact of a mantra delivered by the sage Durvasas to Pandu's second wife, Kunti.

The mantra offers the woman who recites it the ability to summon any deity and conceive a son with the same power as that god.

Kunti gives the mantra to Madri, who recites it to the twin gods known as the Ashvins, with Pandu's approval.

As a result, she has twins.

They live happily ever after until spring arrives in the woodland.

Pandu embraces Madri under the intoxicating influence of spring; the curse takes effect, and Pandu dies.

Madri abandons her children to Kunti's care as a result of her participation in Pandu's death, and she dies on Pandu's funeral pyre.


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Hinduism - Where Is Khandava Forest?


Khandava Forest is an ancient forest mentioned in the Hindu epics and folklores of India.

The Khandava forest is burned by Agni, a deity whose material form is fire itself, in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

According to legend, Agni gets ill and is told that the only way to recover is to devour the animals of the Khandava forest, many of whom are gods' foes.

Agni tries to "devour" the forest seven times, but is constantly prevented by the storm-god Indra, who saves the woodland by dousing it in rain.

Agni is puzzled and seeks the assistance of the deity Krishna and his buddy Arjuna, the finest archer in the universe.

Arjuna is granted the Gandiva bow and an endless quiver of arrows to aid Agni.

When Agni starts burning the forest again, Arjuna keeps the rain away by launching a dense cloud of arrows that creates a canopy over the woodland.

Agni gets healed of his sickness in this manner. 


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Hinduism - Who Is Kichaka In Hindu Mythology?


Kichaka is King Virata's brother-in-law in the Mahabharata, the second of the two major Hindu epics.

During the year when the five Pandava brothers (the epic's heroes) travel incognito after twelve years of forest exile, King Virata is their host.

Kichaka is drawn to Draupadi, the Pandavas' common wife, who works as an attendant to one of the royal women at this period.

Despite her cries, Kichaka pursues her and punches her as she attempts to flee.

When Bhima, one of Draupadi's husbands, finds what has transpired, he is furious.

On the pretext of yielding to his impulses, he urges Draupadi to arrange a covert rendezvous with Kichaka.

Bhima disguises himself as Draupadi and kills `Kichaka with his own hands when he comes. 


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Hinduism - Where Is The Karnaprayag Tirtha In India?


Karnaprayag is a Himalayan town and holy place (tirtha) at the confluence of the Alakananda and Pindara rivers in Uttar Pradesh's Chamoli district.

This, like all the other river intersections in the Garhwal area, is revered as a sacred site.

According to local legend, the spot was named after the Mahabharata hero Karna, who is said to have worshipped the sun here.

In exchange, he was given a coat of armor that could not be penetrated and an endless quiver of arrows. 


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Hinduism - Who Is Karna In Hindu Mythology?


Karna is the oldest of the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics, albeit he is unaware of his actual identity until a few days before his death.

He is born when his mother, Kunti, stares at the sun while repeating a mantra, which grants her the ability to have a son by any deity.

She is quickly visited by a dazzling person who bestows upon her an equally dazzling son.

Distraught and despondent by the birth of this kid, which she believes she will be unable to care for as an unmarried woman, she places him in a box and throws him into the Ganges.

Adhiratha, a charioteer, adopts the boy and raises him as his own son.

Later, Karna visits King Dhrutarashtra's palace, where he befriends the king's son, Duryodhana, the epic's adversary.

Karna starts a lifelong feud with Arjuna, one of the five Pandava brothers, while in court.

Arjuna's remarks concerning Karna's unknown paternity are intended to deprive Karna of the respect he deserves as Arjuna's equal.

Karna practices archery with Drona, the archery teacher, as do all the princes.

When Drona refuses to reveal Karna the secret of the Brahma weapon he intends to employ to assassinate Arjuna, Karna seeks guidance from the sage Parashuram avatar.

Because Parashuram despises the kshatriya (ruling) class and refuses to accept any of them as pupils, he disguises himself as a brahmin.

Karna learns all he needs to know from Parashuram.

Karna, on the other hand, obtains two curses during this time that will ultimately decide his destiny.

Karna kills a brahmin's cow, and the brahmin curses him, saying that his chariot wheel would stuck in the mud and he will be murdered by his opponent while riding on it.

Parashuram is the source of the second curse.

A beetle bores into Karna's thigh, which is a metaphor for the genitals in the epic, one day as Parashuram sleeps with his head on Karna's lap.

Despite the agony and blood, Karna maintains still so as not to wake his master.

When Parashuram wakes up, he recognizes that Karna's endurance for suffering indicates that he is a kshatriya, and that Karna has learned under false pretenses.

Parashuram curses Karna, saying that he would forget all he has learnt at the crucial time.

Both curses are finally fulfilled; although fighting valiantly in the Mahabharata battle, Karna is slain by Arjuna when his chariot's wheel becomes stuck in the mud.

Karna's mother, Kunti, comes to him on the eve of the great battle and reveals his actual identity, pleading with him to return and fight with his brothers.

Karna refuses, claiming that things have progressed too far for such drastic measures, but he promises Kunti that he will not harm any of his brothers except Arjuna, whom he has sworn to kill.

Karna's decision is also influenced by his devotion to Duryodhana, whose companionship and support he has enjoyed for many years above any commitment to a family he has just recently discovered.

Karna survives as one of the Mahabharata's tragic heroes because he is prepared to stick by his friends and convictions, even if the cause is faulty. 


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Hinduism - What Is The House of Lac In The Mahabharata?


This is one of the stratagems used by Duryodhana, the epic's antagonist, to murder the five Pandava brothers, who are his cousins and the epic's heroes, in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

Duryodhana constructs a splendid palace for the Pandavas without informing them that it is entirely made of lac, a potentially combustible element.

Duryodhana has his servants set the palace on fire after the Pandavas have settled in, in an attempt to burn them alive.

The Pandavas are spared thanks to their uncle Vidura's foresight, who not only warns them about the danger, but also builds an underground passage and a tunnel to transport them far away without being detected.

When the house is set on fire, the Pandavas flee down the tunnel and are safe from Duryodhana for a while since they are thought to have perished in the fire. 


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Hinduism - Where Is The Ancient City Of Hastinapur In India?

 

About sixty miles northeast of Delhi, there is an archeological site.

Pottery and other items from this site are thought to date from the ninth to sixth centuries B.C.E., making them contemporaneous with the latter portions of the Vedas, the oldest Hindu holy books.

Hastinapur is the capital of the Kauravas, a group of one hundred brothers who are the adversaries of the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

Despite the fact that the site's name and the location mentioned in the epic are identical, nothing has been discovered to link the two.

 

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Hinduism - Who Is Ghatotkacha In The Mahabharata?

 


Ghatotkacha is a son of Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers who are the heroes of the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

Bhima's sexual connections with a nonhuman creature are one evidence of his earthy and unsophisticated personality.

Ghatotkacha's mother is a rakshasi (female demon) called Hidambi; Bhima's carnal relations with a nonhuman being are one sign of his earthy and unsophisticated personality.

Ghatotkacha is a gigantic physical specimen, having been born to a rakshasi and the strongest Pandava.

He is a lifelong supporter of the Pandavas, and during the conflict between the Pandavas and their cousins the Kauravas, he fights courageously on their side, killing significant portions of the Kaurava army.

He battles the hero Karna multiple times until being murdered when Karna wields the Vaijayanti Shakti, a magical weapon. 



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Hinduism - What Is The Historic Symbolism, And Tradition Associated With Gambling In A Hindu Society?


 A behavior having a long history in Indian society, but one that Hindu scriptures nearly usually depict negatively.

The Rg Veda, the oldest Hindu sacred literature, has the first mention in a song known as "The Gambler's Lament." The hymn is a first-person narrative of a gamer's infatuation with gaming and how it wrecked his life.

It concludes with a caution to the listener not to be lured by the seductive call of gambling.

The Mahabharata, the second of the two major Hindu epics, likewise portrays gambling in a bad light.

Yudhishthira's (the oldest of the five Pandava brothers who are the epic's heroes) main flaw is a gaming addiction, but it has terrible consequences.

Yudhishthira loses his kingdom, his brothers, and even himself in a dice game with the realm's most skilled player, Shakuni; as a consequence of the game, he and his brothers must go into exile.

These legendary representations reflect Hindu society's views toward gambling.

Sober and honest Hindus have traditionally avoided gambling games since they are not a reliable or acceptable means to risk one's money or make a livelihood.

The only time when caution and prudence may be justified is during the Diwali celebration, which is dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of riches and prosperity.

Gambling is a traditional aspect of Diwali celebrations, and it is used to honor Lakshmi as Lady Luck.

Diwali is most often celebrated in people's homes, therefore any gaming will take place among friends and family, with solely minimal wagering.

Apart from Diwali, gambling is absolutely prohibited in polite society, and its disruptive potential is severely limited even on Diwali. 


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Hinduism - Who Is Ekalavya In The Mahabharata?



Ekalavya is a character in the Mahabharata, the second of the two major Hindu epics, who exemplifies the caste system's pervasiveness. 

Ekalavya is a tribal lad who wishes to study archery from Drona, the royal archery instructor, but is turned down due to his low birth. 

Undaunted, Ekalavya creates a clay representation of Drona, considers it as his instructor or guru, and becomes the most skillful archer on the planet through assiduous practice and devotion to his guru. 

When Arjuna, a young warrior-king and Drona's finest student, learns of this, he is enraged and complains to Drona, since Drona promised Arjuna that no one would ever be able to beat him as an archer. 

Drona inquires of Ekalavya as to how he has honed his skills. 

Drona writes that he is entitled to a preceptor's pay (dakshina) when he discovers that Ekalavya has worshipped Drona's image as his guru. 

He demands Ekalavya's right thumb as payment, a gift that would significantly reduce Ekalavya's shooting powers. 

Ekalavya grants Drona's desire without hesitation, although he is no longer superior to Arjuna after that. 



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Hinduism - Who Was Duhshasana, And The Kauravas?


 Duhshasana is one of Dhrtarashtra's hundred sons, known collectively as the Kauravas, in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics. 

The fight for dominance between the Kauravas and their cousins, the Pandavas, is at the core of the Mahabharata, and the Pandavas are the epic's heroes. 

After the oldest Pandava, Yudhishthira, loses everything—including Draupadi—in a game of dice, Duhshasana becomes renowned for his disobedience against the Pandavas' common wife Draupadi. 

Duhshasana takes Draupadi into the gaming hall by her hair and her clothing, which are soiled by her monthly blood; he also tries to disrobe Draupadi by ripping off her sari, but is thwarted by the deity Krishna, who magically extends Draupadi's sari indefinitely. 

Duhshasana's actions in this incident only serve to exacerbate the animosity between the two families. 

Bhima, Draupadi's husband and a Pandava brother known for his physical prowess, pledges to revenge the insult by tearing open Duhshasana's chest and consuming his blood, while Draupadi vows to keep her hair unbound until she may bathe it in Duhshasana's blood. 

During the Mahabharata battle, Duhshasana fights his brother Duryodhana and is finally murdered by Bhima, who thus fulfills both Bhima and Draupadi's awful promises. 

Before murdering Duhshasana, Bhima cuts off the hand that had been holding Draupadi's hair and beats Duhshasana with his own severed limb as an added measure of vengeance. 



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Hinduism - Who Was Drupada In The Mahabharata?




Drupada is the ruler of the Panchala area and the father of Dhrshtadyumna and Draupadi in the Mahabharata, the second of the two major Hindu epics. 

Drupada's conflict with Drona, who was one of Drupada's fellow pupils, consumes most of his life. 

After their studies are completed, Drupada ascends to the throne and lives lavishly, whilst Drona is so destitute that he cannot even feed his family. 

Drona approaches Drupada for assistance, reminding him of their previous relationship. 

Drupada rejects him arrogantly, informing him that such relationships are irrelevant. 

Drona vows vengeance and demands Drupada's kingdom as his preceptor's fee after imparting the techniques of combat to the Pandavas and Kauravas, the two royal factions whose struggle for supremacy lies at the core of the Mahabharata (dakshina). 

Drona steals part of Drupada's kingdom when Drupada is vanquished, and Drupada vows vengeance. 

He makes a significant sacrifice in order to give birth to a son who would assassinate Drona. 

Dhrshtadyumna, who finally kills Drona, and Draupadi, who becomes the wife of all five Pandavas, are the two offspring that emerge from the sacrifice fire. 

During the Mahabharata battle, Drupada fights with his sons-in-law, the Pandavas. 

Drona finally kills him in combat, but his son Dhrshtadyumna avenges him by killing Drona. 



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