- 61) Being a shabdavedi, Ekalavya heard the dog barking and shot arrows filling its mouth. He did not injure the dog though. The dog, with its mouth full of arrows, rushed to the Pandavas.
- 62) Seeing that surprising scene, both the Kauravas and Pandavas started searching the one who did this in the forest. They then saw him (Ekalavya) who had created an idol of Drona using mud, and was practicing archery while worshiping the same.
- 63) Prior to this, he had learnt all the Pisacha related astra skills from Pishachas. In order to learn divine astras from Drona, he was worshiping him with devotion.
- 64) Noticing his special skills, Arjuna went to Drona and told him – “The promise that you gave me has been falsified”. When he said thus, Drona went to him (Ekalavya) and asked him his right thumb as Guru-dakshina.
- 65) Ekalavya, who had earned excellent skills with his grace, gave him his right thumb. From then on, his skill could never become equal to that of Arjuna since the strength of his right fist reduced.
- 66) After this, Drona became pleased with Ekalavya’s devotion and secretly taught him excellent astras in the Raivata mountain. He also ensured Arjuna became the best amongst archers.
|| End of chapter 15, known as ‘Pandavadinam Astravidyabhyasa’, from the Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya, composed by Srimadanandatirtha Bhagavatpada ||
|| Sri Krishnarpanamastu ||