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Is Ashwathama Still Alive?

Friday, 16 September 2016 22:39



Every one of us is very well versed with the Indian Epic Mahabharata.
Every one of us is very well versed with the Indian Epic Mahabharata. We have heard that how Pandavas had fought against their own kin Kuru Vansh including Bhishma pitamah and their Guru Dhrona for the sake of righteousness. But there are many truths in Mahabharata scripture that might be unknown to you. Do you know that there is a person from Mahabharata who is still alive. He is one of the seven Chiranjivi (immortal), who got a boon of immortality. He was the son of Guru Drona, Ashwathama. He was the only one who had played an important role in Mahabharata and changed the end of Kurukshetra war. We would get all the answers that how the boon turns into curse? And is still Ashwathama alive? 

Ashwathama was the son of Guru Dronacharya and Kripi (sister of Kripacharya). And Drona blindly loves his son. Since his birth, Ashwathama had a Mani embedded in his forehead. Ashwathama along with his father Drona fought in the battle of Mahabharata from the Kauravas side against Pandavas. On the last night of the war after Duryodhan death and Kauravas defeat, a very disturbed and restless Ashwathama was sitting beneath a large tree. He observed that an Owl, which had been attacked and harassed by numerous crows in the morning, attacked the same group of crows at night and took his revenge from crows. This incident had given him an idea of attacking the Pandavas at midnight. Ashwathama gathered the only other surviving Kaurava warriors- Kritavarma and Kripacharya and attacked the Pandavas camp on the 18th night of the Kurukshetra war. there he killed Dhrishtadyumna (brother of Draupadi) , Srikhandi (Sister of Draupadi) and many other warriors of Pandavas army while they were sleeping. He actually killed Draupadis five sons, the Upa-Pandavas, while they were sleeping believing them to be the five Pandavas. After destroying the entire Pandavas camp, but when he realized that he killed the sons of Pandavas by mistake, and he went to Sage vedavyasa ashram in order to seek salvation for this crime. 

When Pandavas came to know about this evil act of Ashwathama, they went after him to sage Vyasa ashram. Seeing this, Ashwathama, as a last resort, used his sacred knowledge of the Vedas too devise a Brahmastra from a blade of grass and invoked it against the Pandavas and Lord Krishna, although he was strictly forbidden to do so by his father at any cost. Krishna asked Arjun to invoke the same. Arjun invokes his Brahmastra too, which he received by Guru Dronacharya itself, towards Ashwathama. On seeing the two powerful weapons heading for a heads on catastrophic collision that would destroy the total earth, sage Vyasa stopped this divine weapon from colliding. He asked both these warriors to withdraw their respective weapons. Arjun was able withdraw his Brahmastra, while Ashwathama could not do so as Drona did not teach his son how to withdraw. Therefore, Ashwathama directed the weapon towards the womb of Uttara (wife of Abhimanyu) who was carrying Abhimanyus son (Parikshit) in an attempt to end the lineage of the Pandavas. Krishna used his Sudarshan Chakra to stop the Brahmastra and save Uttaras unborn child.

Lord Krishna then placed a curse on Ashwathama that he will carry the burden of all peoples sins on his shoulders and will roam alone like a ghost without getting any love and courtesy till the end of Kaliyuga. He will have neither any hospitality nor any accommodation. He will be in total isolation from mankind and society. His body will suffer from a host of incurable diseases forming sores and ulcers that would never heal . Ashwathama was asked to surrender his gem which was on his forehead. Lord Sri Krishna further states that the wound caused by the removal of this gem on his forehead will never heal and will suffer from leprosy, till the end of Kaliyuga . It is believed that in Kaliyuga, his name will be Suryakant. Thus, Ashwathama will be in search of death every moment, and yet he will never die. At the end of Kali Yuga, Ashwatthama is to meet Sri Kalki, the tenth and final avatar of Lord Vishnu.

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