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In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Ashwatthama was the son of guru, Dronacharya. Dronacharya loved him dearly. Rumors about his death in the Kurukshetra war led to the death of his father in the hands of Prince Dhrishtadyumna. A vengeful Ashwathama obtained permission from the dying Duryodhana to brutally murder Dhrishtadhyumna after the war had officially ended. Ashwathama at the end of the war promised Duryodhana that he would kill the Pandavas, and attacked the Pandava camp in the middle of the night, but by error ended up murdering the 5 sons of Pandavas by Draupadi. The Pandavas, incensed by this act, chased him resulting in his fight with Arjuna. During the fight, Ashwatthama unleashed the 'Bramhastra' and Arjuna in response unleashed the 'Pashupatastra'. Fearing the destruction of the world, the sages advised both to take back their weapons. While Arjuna could do so, Ashwathama could not and was given the option of choosing any single target to destroy. Out of spite, Ashwathama directed the weapon at the womb of Uttara who was carrying the unborn child of Abhimanyu, who upon birth would be the future heir to all the Pandava brothers. Krishna saved the unborn child from the horrible weapon and Ashwatthama was cursed with leprousy and to roam the world as an unloved immortal. A Hindu is an adherent of Hinduism, the predominant religious, philosophical and cultural system of Bharat (India). ... The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ... A guru (गुरू Sanskrit) is a teacher in Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. ... In the epic Mahabharata, Drona is the royal guru to the Kauravas and the Pandavas. ... Kurukshetra may refer to: The Kurukshetra war described in the Mahabharata, an Indian epic The town and district of Kurukshetra in the Indian state of Haryana This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In the Mahabharata, Dhristadyumna is the adopted son of King Drupada of Panchala. ... In the Mahabharata Duryodhana is the eldest son of the blind king Dhritarashtra by Queen Gandhari, and the eldest of the Kaurava brothers. ... In the Mahabharata Duryodhana is the eldest son of the blind king Dhritarashtra by Queen Gandhari, and the eldest of the Kaurava brothers. ... In Hinduism, the Pandavas are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu. ... Uttara in Hindu mythology is the name of the son of King Virata who went into battle with Arjuna, in disguise, as his charioteer. ... In the epic Mahabharata, Abhimanyu is the son of Arjuna and Subhadra. ... In Hinduism, the Pandavas are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu. ... Lord Krishna Krishna (कृष्ण, Sanskrit for black), is, according to common Hindu tradition, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. ...



Hinduism | Hindu mythology | Itihasa
Deities: Brahma | Vishnu | Shiva | Rama | Krishna | Ganesha | Indra | Gayatri | Lakshmi | Sarasvati | Durga | Hanuman
Texts: Vedas | Ramayana | Mahabharata

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One day, when young Ashwathama was crying for milk, the helpless Guru advised him to pray and worship Lord Shiva, who would bless him with milk.
Ashwathama found milk falling on the Shivalinga, drop by drop.
Ashwathama had prayed to the Lord by the name of Tapakeshwar and hence the place was known by the same name.
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