Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Dhrishtadhyumna - Slayer of Drona


He was born of the sacrificial fire, along with his sister Draupadi, in a sacrifice performed with the revenge motive by his father Drupada, who was the king of Panchala. He was destined to kill Drona, thereby avenging Drupada's humilation at the hands of Drona. He learned the art of war under Drona, who, despite knowing the fate that was in store for him, was forbidden from refusing to teach the young prince, for no teacher may turn away an eligible disciple.

In the great war at Kurukshetra, he was the commander-in-chief of the Pandava army, for he was a great tactician. He did not kill Drona in fair combat, slaying him in a moment when Drona was meditating, falsely thinking that his son Ashwatthama was dead. For this ignoble act, Ashwatthama killed him by kicking him to death, in the Pandava camp, after the great war was over. The upa-Pandava's, his nephews, were also killed on the same night, in a similarly despicable fashion.

Last Modified At: Mon Oct 18 22:18:05 2004