Mahabharat Chapter 13 Drona Insulted By Drupada

Chapter 13 Drona Insulted By Drupada

After finishing his study of the Vedas and the Vedangas, DRONA, the son of a brahmana named Bharadwaja, dedicated himself to the art of archery and rose to the rank of a renowned master.

In the hermitage, Drona studied beside Drupada, the son of the king of Panchala, who was a companion of Bharadwaja. It was there that their warm, youthful intimacy blossomed.

Drupada frequently promised Drona that when he rose to the throne, he would give him half of the country in his childlike exuberance. Drona married Kripa’s sister after finishing his studies, and the couple had a son named Aswatthama.
Drona had a strong emotional bond with his wife and son, and for their sake, he developed a new interest in riches.
He went to Parasurama first after learning that he was sharing his wealth with the brahmanas. However, Parasurama had already given away all of his money and was going to retire to the jungle, so it was too late.
However, Parasurama offered to teach Drona how to wield weapons, a skill at which he was a master, out of his desire to help Drona.

Drona gladly concurred, and while already being a brilliant archer, he developed into an unmatched master of the military art, deserving of an eager welcome as a preceptor in any noble palace at that time of ferocious conflict.
After his father passed away, Drupada succeeded to the Panchala kingdom. Drona went to Drupada with the confident expectation of receiving kind treatment since she recalled their early closeness and his declarations of willingness to serve him, even to the point of sharing his realm.

But he saw that the monarch was really unlike from the pupil. Drupada wasn’t at all happy to meet him when he introduced himself as an old friend; rather, she thought it was an insufferable assumption.

Drupada exclaimed when intoxicated by money and power: “How dare you refer to me as your buddy, O brahmana? What kind of relationship is possible between a monarch on his throne and a vagabond beggar? What a fool you must be to base your friendship claim with a monarch who reigns over a country on a distant acquaintance. How can a beggar be a rich man’s buddy, or an idiot be a brilliant scholar’s, or a coward be a hero? There can only be friendship between equals. A ruler cannot befriend a wandering beggar.”

With derision in his ears and a raging rage in his heart, Drona was escorted from the palace.

He mentally vowed to exact revenge on the haughty monarch for this insult and his rejection of the revered claims of their early relationship. He then made his way to Hastinapura in quest of work, where he retired for a little while at his brother-in-law Kripacharya’s home.

The ball and Yudhishthira’s ring both fell into a well while the princes were playing with a ball one day beyond the city’s boundaries. The princes were gathered around the well when they noticed the ring sparkling through the crystal-clear water from the bottom. but was unable to discover a method to remove it. However, they were unaware of a brahmana with a dark complexion who was grinning as he stood nearby and watched them.

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“You are the offspring of the valiant Bharata race, princes,” he startled them with. Why are you unable to destroy the ball, as any competent shooter should be able to do? Can I finish it for you?”

“O brahmana, if you take out the ball, we shall ensure that you have a wonderful lunch in the house of Kripacharya,” Yudhishthira chuckled. Then Drona the Brahmana stranger picked a blade of grass and, after pronouncing a few magical words, shot it into the well like an arrow.

The grass immediately accelerated and ploughed into the ball. Then he fired a series of parallel blades that stuck together to form a chain, with which Drona removed the ball.

The princes asked him to also take the ring since they were so amazed and delighted. Borrowing a bow, Drona attached an arrow to the string, and fired it directly into the ring. The ring was raised by the arrow’s bounce, and the brahmana smiled as he gave it to the prince.

The rulers were astounded by these deeds and said: “You have our respect, Brahmana. So who are you? Do you need anything from us specifically?” and they knelt before him.

“Go to Bhishma and learn from him who I am,” he commanded the princes.

Bhishma recognised the brahmana as none other than the renowned teacher Drona based on the princes’ descriptions. He came to the conclusion that Drona was the best candidate to provide the Pandavas and Kauravas with more training. Bhishma used him to teach the princes how to wield weapons after treating him with great regard.

As soon as the Kauravas and the Pandavas had mastered the art of war, Drona ordered Karna and Duryodhana to capture Drupada and bring him back to life as their master’s command.

He gave them the go-ahead, but they were unable to complete their objective. Arjuna was then dispatched by the master on the same mission. He took Drupada and his minister prisoner after defeating him in battle and brought them to Drona.

Then Drona turned to Drupada while grinning: “Do not worry for your life, great monarch. We were friends when we were young, but you were happy to forget that and humiliate me. You informed me that only a king could befriend another monarch.
After capturing your realm, I am now a king. I still want to remain friends with you, so I’m giving you half of the kingdom I conquered from you. Your belief is that only friendship between equals is possible. Now that we will both control a piece of your empire, we will be on equal footing.”

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Drona believed that this was adequate retaliation for the insult he had received, freed Drupada, and treated him with respect. Drupada’s pride was thusly humbled, but because retribution never puts an end to hatred and few things are more agonising to endure than the pain of wounded vanity, Drupada’s hatred of Drona and desire for vengeance against him grew to dominate his existence.

In order to convince the pleased gods to grant him a son who would kill Drona and a daughter who would marry Arjuna, the monarch engaged in tapas, suffered fasts, and offered sacrifices. His efforts were rewarded with the birth of Draupadi, the Pandavas’ consort, and Dhrishtadyumna, who led the Pandava army in Kurukshetra and slew the otherwise invincible Drona with the assistance of an odd confluence of events.

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This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.

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You can read complete Mahabharat by following Chapter links given below. You can check Glossary of Mahabharat here.

Mahabharat All Chapters (Sampurna Mahabharata)

Mahabharat Chapter 1 Mahabharat Chapter 54
Mahabharat Chapter 2 Mahabharat Chapter 55
Mahabharat Chapter 3 Mahabharat Chapter 56
Mahabharat Chapter 4 Mahabharat Chapter 57
Mahabharat Chapter 5 Mahabharat Chapter 58
Mahabharat Chapter 6 Mahabharat Chapter 59
Mahabharat Chapter 7 Mahabharat Chapter 60
Mahabharat Chapter 8 Mahabharat Chapter 61
Mahabharat Chapter 9 Mahabharat Chapter 62
Mahabharat Chapter 10 Mahabharat Chapter 63
Mahabharat Chapter 11 Mahabharat Chapter 64
Mahabharat Chapter 12 Mahabharat Chapter 65
Mahabharat Chapter 13 Mahabharat Chapter 66
Mahabharat Chapter 14 Mahabharat Chapter 67
Mahabharat Chapter 15 Mahabharat Chapter 68
Mahabharat Chapter 16 Mahabharat Chapter 69
Mahabharat Chapter 17 Mahabharat Chapter 70
Mahabharat Chapter 18 Mahabharat Chapter 71
Mahabharat Chapter 19 Mahabharat Chapter 72
Mahabharat Chapter 20 Mahabharat Chapter 73
Mahabharat Chapter 21 Mahabharat Chapter 74
Mahabharat Chapter 22 Mahabharat Chapter 75
Mahabharat Chapter 23 Mahabharat Chapter 76
Mahabharat Chapter 24 Mahabharat Chapter 77
Mahabharat Chapter 25 Mahabharat Chapter 78
Mahabharat Chapter 26 Mahabharat Chapter 79
Mahabharat Chapter 27 Mahabharat Chapter 80
Mahabharat Chapter 28 Mahabharat Chapter 81
Mahabharat Chapter 29 Mahabharat Chapter 82
Mahabharat Chapter 30 Mahabharat Chapter 83
Mahabharat Chapter 31 Mahabharat Chapter 84
Mahabharat Chapter 32 Mahabharat Chapter 85
Mahabharat Chapter 33 Mahabharat Chapter 86
Mahabharat Chapter 34 Mahabharat Chapter 87
Mahabharat Chapter 35 Mahabharat Chapter 88
Mahabharat Chapter 36 Mahabharat Chapter 89
Mahabharat Chapter 37 Mahabharat Chapter 90
Mahabharat Chapter 38 Mahabharat Chapter 91
Mahabharat Chapter 39 Mahabharat Chapter 92
Mahabharat Chapter 40 Mahabharat Chapter 93
Mahabharat Chapter 41 Mahabharat Chapter 94
Mahabharat Chapter 42 Mahabharat Chapter 95
Mahabharat Chapter 43 Mahabharat Chapter 96
Mahabharat Chapter 44 Mahabharat Chapter 97
Mahabharat Chapter 45 Mahabharat Chapter 98
Mahabharat Chapter 46 Mahabharat Chapter 99
Mahabharat Chapter 47 Mahabharat Chapter 100
Mahabharat Chapter 48 Mahabharat Chapter 101
Mahabharat Chapter 49 Mahabharat Chapter 102
Mahabharat Chapter 50 Mahabharat Chapter 103
Mahabharat Chapter 51 Mahabharat Chapter 104
Mahabharat Chapter 52 Mahabharat Chapter 105
Mahabharat Chapter 53 Mahabharat Chapter 106

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