Guru Dronacharya, the son of sage Bharadwaja was amongst the most revered gurus in Indian mythology. He was born in a pot and hence named Dronacharya where ‘Dronar’ means the one who took birth in a pot.
After learning the art of weaponry and warfare from Sage Parshurama, Dronacharya travelled towards Hastinapuri to meet his brother-in-law Kripa, who was the tutor to the kingdom’s princes. On his way, he overwhelmed the princes of Hastinapuri with his extraordinary skills and was appointed as the royal tutor.
Amazed by Arjuna’s dedication in archery Dronacharya trained him vigorously. Dronacharya was determined to make him the greatest archer in the world and taught him the secrets of warfare.
Under Dronacharya’s guidance, Arjuna mastered the skill of archery, Yudhishthira learned the skill of using the spear, Bhima and Duryodhana gained their expertise with the mace and Nakula, Sahadeva became proficient with the sword.
Although Dronacharya was fond of Arjuna, he decided to side with the Kauravas in Hastinapuri and led their army into war. Being a skilled warrior himself, he killed hundreds of soldiers on the battle field of Kurukshetra. Ultimately, he was beheaded by Dhrishtadyumna on the 15th day of war.
Throughout his life Dronacharya devoted himself to the development of his students and stayed loyal to the kingdom of Hastinapuri that valued his talents. As a master of warfare, he trained some of the most distinguished warriors of all times and became a legend himself.
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