Eklavya was a brave, handsome boy. But he was not happy. His father saw that something troubled Eklavya. One day the father asked his son, Why are you so unhappy, Eklavya? Why are you not interested in hunting? Eklavya saw his father was silent.
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Even though he was a hunter by birth, being the son of the chief of hunters in the forests of Hastinapur, he aspired to become a great archer and a brave warrior. Eklavya knew what was bothering his father.
But the Guru is a wise and learned man. Please allow me to become his disciple. So he gave his blessings and sent his son on his way. I am a Brahmin, the highest of castes. All my students are Kshatriyas, the warrior caste. I cannot teach a Shudra boy. How dare you expect to be taught by him! Leave the gurukul now. He quietly left the gurukul. Resolute in his determination to learn archery, he went back to the forest. There he built an idol of Guru Dronacharya with mud and placed it in a secluded clearing.
Eklavya believed that if he practiced faithfully in front of his Guru, he would be able to master the art of archery. So every morning he would pray to the idol and practice throughout the day. The dog was no longer able to bark and roamed around the forest. Thus roaming, the dog reached the Pandavas, who were practicing in the forest along with Guru Dronacharya. He realized that only an extremely skilled archer could have done this. He, along with the Pandavas, set out to look for the archer.
It was Eklavya. Who is your teacher? Dronacharya was stunned. After you refused, I came back to the forest and made a mud idol of you. Arjuna was angry, as he was sure of his place as the best archer in the world. Dronacharya also realized that Eklavya had the skills to surpass even Arjuna.
I would never refuse anything that you ask. Everyone knew that an archer could never shoot an arrow without his right thumb. Eklavya looked steadily at Dronacharya. He realized the reason behind this demand. I am grateful that you recognized me your disciple even though I am a Shudra. Eklavya learnt to shoot with forefinger and middle finger and remains an example of the ideal student till today.
Story of Ekalavya And Dronacharya
Even though he was a hunter by birth, being the son of the chief of hunters in the forests of Hastinapur, he aspired to become a great archer and a brave warrior. Eklavya knew what was bothering his father. But the Guru is a wise and learned man. Please allow me to become his disciple. So he gave his blessings and sent his son on his way. I am a Brahmin, the highest of castes.
The Story of Eklavya and Dronacharya – Stories from Indian Mythology
Eklavya was brave and handsome boy who was loved by all. His father saw that something was troubling him. Many times he saw his son lost in deep thought and other boys used to play and hunt for pleasure. I want to be a disciple of the great guru Dronacharya, the greatest tutor of Archery in Hastinapur. His Gurukul is a magical place where ordinary boys are turned into mighty warriors. So please allow me to leave home and become the disciple of Dronacharya.
The Story of Eklavya and Dronacharya
Unsolved Mystry This is the story of a long-gone era. In the country of India, nearly five thousand years back, lived a boy named Eklavya, the son of a tribal chief in the forests of the kingdom- Hastinapura. Eklavya was a brave, handsome boy. He was loved by all. But he was not happy. His father saw that something troubled Eklavya. More than once he found his son lost deep in thought when other boys enjoyed the pleasures of hunting and playing.
The Story of Eklavya
Eklavya was a tribal boy of the Mahabharata period. He was the simple son of the simple chiefdom. He was very fond of archery but unfortunately, he had no teacher apart from his father. The tribal boy wanted to learn archery so that he could save the poor deer from the terror of lion and leopards. One day, he saw Guru Dronacharya teaching the Princes. They were the Kauravas and the Pandavas who were the Princes of the province called Hastinapura. Arjuna, one of the Pandavas was specialized in the art of archery.