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The great epic Mahabharath was composed by Maharishi Veda Vyasa/Krishna Dwaipayana, son of Sage Parasara and Sathyavati, a woman from fishermen clan. Mahabharath describes the legend of Bharatha Dynasty. It was written in 18 Parva such as Adhi Parva, Sabha Parva, Vana Parva, Virada Parva, Udhyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva, Soupthika Parva, Stri Parva, Shanthi Parva, Anushasana Parva, Ashwamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Musala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva and Swargarohana Parva and each Parva has divided into many Upaparva and has chapters in detail. Adhi Parva depicts the life of King Dushyantha and his wife Shakunthala and their son Sarvadhamanan, who was famously known as Bharatha, a righteous ruler of Bharatha Empior.
Lord Brahma created deities, Sages and Prajapathis. It was the beginning of the growth of human race from the sixty daughters of Daksha Prajapathi. Pururavass, Yayathi, Puru, Dushyantha, Bharatha, Shanthanu were born in the family of Dithi, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapathi.
King Janamejaya, son of King Pareekshit conducted a grand Yagna to please serpent Gods. There were a huge number of Rishis & Sages were present in the magnificent Yagna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa along with his disciple Rishi Vaishampayana and Sage Ugrasrava Sauti was also amongst them. Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the stories of Kuru Dynasty to King Janamejaya at the time of Naga Yagna. Later, this anecdote was described to the Sages and Rishis assembled in Naimisharanya by Sage Sauti, son of Sage Romaharshana/Lomaharshana, disciple of Maharishi Veda Vyasa.
Rishi Vaishampayana narrates the birth of Dronacharya to King Janamejaya. There was a great Sage Bharadhwaja lived on the banks of river Ganga, he underwent severe austerities and pleased Lord. One day Sage Bharadhwaja and a group of Rishis went for ablutions in river Ganga before commencing the Agnihotra. Sage Bharadhwaja observed a celestial Apsara Ghritachi with enthralling beauty and captivating physical features was gently emerged from the streaming water, she has the expression of pride and sensual appearance, she gently moved out of the water and beautifully treading on the river bank, suddenly her clothes were slipped away revealing her spectacular physical features. Sage Bharadhwaja wrapped up in the unrivaled beauty of Ghritachi, he was besotted with burning desire for her caused to release vital fluid and it was instantly deposited in a vessel called Drona/Pitcher. A marvelous child sprang out of the pitcher and he was named Drona. The young and studious Drona attained profound knowledge in Veda and Vedanga, the limbs of Vedas. Sage Bharadhwaja who has great prowess and prime knowledge in weapons communicated to the illustrious Rishi Agnivesa, the foremost of Bharatha race sprung from the fire and passed the supreme knowledge about Agneya Astra to Drona.
The ruler of Panchala, King Prishata was a great companion of Sage Bharadhwaja. The King Prishata had a son Drupada, a bull among the Kshatriyas spends abundance of time in the company of Drona, engaged in studies and childhood pranks in the hermitage of Sage Bharadhwaja. After the demise of King Prishata, the legal heir to the throne Drupada was crowned as the King of Panchala. In the meantime Sage Bharadhwaja was also ascended to heaven. Drona resided in the hermitage of his father, devoted himself into severe austerities. Drona had the desire to have an offspring to contribute the wisdom and intelligence he had attained from his father. Drona married to Kripi, the daughter of Sharadwat (Son of Sage Gautama) and sister of Kripacharya. Kripi was a chaste woman underwent severe austerities, engrossed in virtuous acts and Agnihotras, eventually the couple obtained a son Ashwathama. As soon as the child born, it neighed like Ucchaisravass (celestial horse obtained while churning the milky ocean). A mysterious voice instructed that the child would be famously known as Ashwathama. The couple was delighted at the birth of their lovely child; they continued to stay in the hermitage of Sage Bharadhwaja and Dronacharya devoted his time entirely for the study of science of arms.
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