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7-Drone and His Family

Ashwatthaamaa was Immortal
It has been known to everybody that Ashwatthaamaa was immortal,

Besides, there is no reference found anywhere where one can confirm it that when ths boon was granted to him.

Ashwatthaamaa was Immortal, Then...?
Everybody knows that Ashwatthaamaa was immortal. This is confirmed when on 2nd day of Karn's leadership, Karn goes to kill Arjun, seeing the destruction among his army. Ashwatthaamaa says to Duryodhan - "As about myself, I cannot be killed, and so is my uncle (Kripaa)." At one point Krishn also knew it - when Ashwatthaamaa escaped after killing Draupadee's five sons, and Arjun followed him and caught him in one Rishi's Aashram; Arjun wanted to kill him, at that time Krishn said to him - "Ashwatthaamaa cannot be killed, so you take the gem from  his forehead and that will serve the same purpose."

Then why it has been shown at several places in Mahaabhaarat that either somebody wanted to kill him, or he himself thought that his Time had come. [see Sauptikaa, 12-13] (G-6-War/43) Here Ashwatthaamaa himself thinks that his Time has come so he used Brahm Astra.

And I am sure that other people also knew it, and certainly his father Drone also knew it, then how come that Drone said - "If somebody will tell me in the battlefield that "Ashwatthaamaa is dead", I will drop my weapons."

How could he say that? And then how could he believe this news that Ashwatthaamaa has died; whether it is said by Bheem or even Yudhishthir?

About Killing of Ashwatthaamaa
Besides, we have never heard that Draupadee herself asked to bring Ashwatthaamaa's gem of his forehead and put it on Yudhishthir's head. Arjun went to kill him, but when Krishn said that he could not be killed, and taking his gem would be equal to killing him, so he took his gem.

Since Ashwatthaamaa was the culprit of Draupadee, and Arjun couldn't kill him, he brought him to Draupadee to decide his punishment herself. He said to her - "I have brought Ashwatthaamaa to you, he is your culprit. Now you decide his punishment." Then Draupadee released him on the grounds - (1) he was a Braahman - she did not want that her husband should be blamed for Braahman Hatyaa; (2) he was Guru's son - Guru's son also has the immunity of killing; (3) after killing him she wouldn't get her children back.

But Mahaabhaarat says something else - that Draupadee asked only to bring Ashwatthaamaa's gem and put it on Yudhishthir's head.
(see 42-battle-18-7)



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 05/27/04
Modified on 05/13/12