13 minutes | Sep 20, 2020

Ādiparva : Sandhi 07 : Part 4 of 4 : Droṇa asks for his Gurudakśiṇa – To defeat and capture Drupada from his kingdom.

The day after the display of the arms by the Kuru Princes, Guru Droṇacārya calls them to his Gurukula and asks them for Gurudakśiṇa. When the princes ask what does he desire, Droṇa asks them to capture King Drupada of Pāñcāla and make him submit to Droṇa. Duryodhana and the other Kaurava-s smirk at what they think is a petty Gurudakśiṇa and make the first attempt .They enter the Pāñcāla kingdom with their full army and destroy the outer fort. However as they near the palace, they are soundly defeated by Drupada’s brothers, who also destroy most of Duryodhana’s army. The five Pāṇḍava-s stand outside the city fully armed, along with Guru Droṇācārya and observe retreating Kaurava army after it was thrashed by the citizens of Pāñcāla. The Pāṇḍava-s enter the fray and having soundly defeated the Pāñcāla army, they capture Drupada and drag him before Guru Droṇa, thereby paying their Gurudakśiṇa. Droṇa lets Drupada live and frees him, but not before taking away half of the Pāñcāla kingdom for himself. Enraged by this insult, Drupada goes in search of capable learned Brāhmaṇa-s who can perform the Putrakāmeṣṭhi Yajña through which he can gain children who will be the cause of Droṇa’s downfall. Two Brāhmana-s named Yāja and Upayāja agree to officiate this Yajña. The Yajña thus performed pleases the Deva-s who grant Drupada’s desire. Out of the Yajñakuṇḍa emerges a man wearing a shining armour, armed with bows, arrows and other weapons. Drupada is delighted.Soon after, a beautiful young girl emerges from the Yajñakuṇḍa. The onlookers are astonished to see such a divine beauty. Drupada is mighty pleased that he obtained a son Dṛṣṭadyumna who will be the cause of Droṇa’s death, and a daughter Draupadi who will be Arjuna-s bride. He brought them up with lot of affection. Droṇa offered to teach Dṛṣṭadyumna the knowledge of weapons despite knowing that the latter will be the cause of his death. Such was the valor of the honourable Droṇa. Audio Link : https://archive.org/download/kumaravyasa-bharata-recitation/Parva-01-Adiparva-007-Sandhi-Part-04-of-04.mp3
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