Where and how did Dronacharya teach (weaponry) Kauravas and Pandavas? | What did Drona teach the Kauravas and the Pandavas?

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Dronacharya parents name : Maharishi Bharadvaja (father).

Dronacharya wife name : Kripi – She is the sister of Kripacharya and thus Dronacharya is the brother-in-law of Kripacharya.

Dronacharya children name : Ashwatthama (son), an avatar of Lord Shiva.

Dronacharya original avatar : He is an avatar of Brihaspati, the Guru of the Demigods.

Dronacharya ashram (hermitage) location : The only Dronacharya Temple which is dedicated to Dronacharya, that is, the guru of the Pandavas and Kauravas is located in Bhim Nagar Village, Gurugram, Haryana, India.

Dronacharya different names : Parshuramashishya (परशुरामशिष्य) as he was the disciple of Lord Parashurama and Bharadwajputra (भार्दवाजपुत्र) as he was the son of Maharishi Bharadwaja.

Once, Bhima, Arjuna and Sahadeva stayed with Lord Sri Krishna for some time and then returned to Hastinapura.

(Bhima is an avatar of Lord Sri Vayu Deva, Arjuna is an avatar of Lord Sri Indra Deva, Sahadeva is an avatar of Ashwini Kumar.)

Vishoka, Lord Sri Krishna’s son through Trivakra (Same divine lady who was staying at Mathura with the humpback / Kubja), also came with them. He became Bhima’s charioteer.

The Pandavas received education in the spiritual lore from Lord (Sage) Sri Veda Vyasa (He is an avatar of Lord Sri Vishnu).

Dronacharya (He is an avatar of Deva Guru Sri Brihaspati) used to live a life without gathering any resources from anybody and with minimum need.

Therefore, his wife was not able to give milk to her son Ashwatthama (He is an avatar of Lord Shiva). She used to give him water mixed with flour instead.

Once, Ashwatthama drank milk at the Kaurava camp. He then started crying for milk at home also. 

Therefore, Drona went to Lord Sri Parashurama to get a cow.

Lord Sri Parashurama thought that Drona should be used to kill the supporters of the Pandavas.

The supporters of Pandavas were Devatas(Demigods) (Deities). They had taken human form to assist Bhagavan’s (God) plan to destroy the demons born on the Kauravas’ side.

In turn someone who was quiet strong was required to fight these from Kauravas side. 

Lord Sri Parshurama though of utilizing Drona and his son Ashwatthama for this purpose.

Therefore he told Drona that he had no cows but could teach him the scriptures and the weapons.

Drona studied under him for twelve years and then went to Drupada. 

Drupada had studied with Drona under Drona’s father Bharadvaja. He had promised Drona half of his kingdom. 

However, Drupada insulted him by asking how a poor Brahamana could be a friend of a king. 

Drona was upset and decided to teach him a lesson.

He went to Hastinapura with the intention of taking the Pandavas and Kauravas as his disciples. 

When he went there, they were playing outside the city. 

In the course of their play, their ball and a ring fell into the well. They were not able to lift them out. 

Bhima offered to jump into the well and bring it. 

In the meanwhile, Drona told them that they were Kshatriyas and that they should have been able to retrieve them by using their weapons. 

The boys asked Drona himself to do so. 

Drona brought the ball and the ring out of the well and asked the Pandavas and Kauravas to arrange for his livelihood, to which Dharmaraja agreed.

They asked Drona who he was, and Drona told them to ask their grandfather Bhishma. 

Bhishma came to the spot and asked Drona to teach the boys astravidya. Drona told the boys that whoever first agreed to satisfy his needs would become the best among the bow wielders. 

Arjuna promised first. 

Bhima did not come forward to make the promise since he did not want to fight against elders like Bhishma. Moreover, he would not seek any favors from anyone other than Bhagavan (God). 

Arjuna and all the others learned astravidya from Drona. 

Karna goes to Lord Sri Parashurama 

Karna and Ekalavya also approached Drona for astravidya. 

However, Drona did not agree to teach them. 

Karna then went to Parashurama. He told Parashurama that he was a brahamana and learned from him for four years. 

Once when Parashurama was sleeping on Karna’s lap, an insect called Alarka pierced through his thigh. Karna started bleeding. He did not want to disturb his Guru, so he endured the pain. 

When Parashurama got up he said “no brahamana could withstand that much injury and that Karna should reveal his true self”. 

Karna told him that he was a suta. Parashurama cursed him that he could use his weapon when he was not in combat, but in combat, he would forget all that he had learned.

Information about Dronacharya weapons is as given below:

Dronacharya received the Brahmastra from Lord Sri Parashurama, an avatar of Lord Sri Vishnu.

Lord Sri Parashurama gave Dronacharya the knowledge of celestial weapons along with the invocation and withdrawal mantras.

Drona had various weapons like Brahmastra, Brahmashirastra, Narayanastra, Rudrastra, Agneyastra, Vajrastra etc.

Dronacharya also held the invincible sword of Lord Sri Brahma. Once Bhishma told the story of this sword to the Pandava prince Nakula, as he himself was a great swordsman.

In the past, this sword was a primordial weapon created by Devatas (Demigods) to destroy asuras, rakshasas, i.e. anyone who were against Sanatana Dharma.

The name of the sword is Asi, the personification and primal power behind all weapons ever created, but it had lesser strength when compared to the swords of Lord Sri Vishnu and Goddess Sri Lakshmi Devi.

According to Bhishma, the constellation in which the sword is born is called Krittika, Agni is its Abhimani Devata (presiding deity), Rohini is its gotra, Rudra is its high preceptor, and whoever wields this weapon is sure of victory.

Nakula, the 4th Pandava received this sword from his Guru Dronacharya.

Dronacharya received Brahmashira from his Guru Agnivesha and he was also the student of Sage (Maharishi) Bharadwaja.

Ekalavya’s devotion to Drona 

Ekalavya had great devotion towards Drona. He had prepared a mud image of Drona and used to worship him. He was very skilled in wielding the bow. Once, he showered arrows into the mouth of a dog without hurting it and stopped its barking. 

When Drona was informed of this, he asked Ekalavya to cut his thumb and give it as Gurudakshina. As a result of this, he would not be able to wield the bow on par with Arjuna.

To know more information about Ekalavya, visit the below link:

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