The message was loud and clear. As a result it roamed the forests with its mouth opened. He was unaware of the fact that just some distance away, the Pandava princes were also present in that area of the forest. In time faith, courage and perseverance transformed Eklavya the mere tribal hunter into Eklavya the extraordinary archer. A guru dakshina was the voluntary fee or gift offered by a disciple to his guru at the end of his training. The princes gasped at Eklavya’s act of bravery.

Everyone expected Arjuna to top it. Everyone was shocked, even Arjuna. If I practice the art everyday, I can surely become an archer. As a result it roamed the forests with its mouth opened. A guru dakshina is the final offering from a student to the guru before leaving the ashram. He looked at his teacher in horror and disbelief. What will their teacher do now? Dronacharya also wanted him to leave.

What will their teacher do now? Eklavya became an archer of exceptional prowess, superior even to Drona’s best pupil, Arjuna. Guru Drona was pleased. For a moment Eklavya stood dronacharyx. So the sage planned to punish Eklavya.

A IT engineer by day, Walu transforms into the incredible Wulk by night to take on the forces of corruption, nepotism and other social ills plaguing India. Having said this much, let us now return to Eklavya. How could he do so? His father saw that something troubled Eklavya. 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.

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With practice, Eklavya could shoot arrows with his index and middle finger and droacharya became a greater archer than he was ever before. But the tribal boy betrayed no signs of pain, and held out his severed thumb to Dronacharya. He looked at his teacher in horror and disbelief. The innocent tribal boy was deeply hurt by Drona’s refusal to teach him.

He told the Pandavas that if somebody was such a good archer then he surely needed to be met.

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One day while Eklavya is practicing, he hears a dog barking. The message was loud and clear. Kauravas, Pandavas and other princes were the principal beneficiaries of these coaching classes. But despite his handicap, Eklavya continued to practice archery. If I practice the art everyday, I can surely become an archer. Then, without the slightest hesitation, Eklavya drew out his knife and cut his thumb! Though Eklavya had never seen Drona before, he put his guess at work.

Eklavya was stunned at Arjuna’s behaviour. How dare you come inside the Gurukul and seek him? He went near Drona and bowed.

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Drona did not wait anymore. More than once he found his son lost deep in thought when other boys enjoyed the pleasures of hunting and playing.

Before the dog could shut up or get out of the way, Eklavya fired seven arrows in rapid succession to fill the dog’s mouth without injuring it. When Drona came to know this, he blessed the boy silently and begged for divine forgiveness. The education imparted thus, was a wholesome one. Will he be able to see the man? But he was content that his promise to Arjuna was not broken. Dronacharya also wanted him to leave.

I am not that ungrateful. His renown spread far and wide.

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