The Legend of Ashwathama – Is Ashwathama Still Alive? 88

Ashwathama, Hero of the Indian Epic ‘Mahabharata’, was the son of Guru Drona. He is one of the seven Chiranjivi. Chiranjivis or Chiranjeevis are the immortals in Hinduism who are to remain alive throughout the Kali Yuga until start of next Satya Yuga. Kali Yuga is the last of the four stages the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas described in the Indian scriptures.

About Ashwathama

There are very less people who are aware of Ashwathama because most of the attention has been taken by Arjuna, Duryodhana, Bheema, Krishna and lot others. But, Ashwathama was the only one who played an important role in Mahabharata and changed the end of Kurukshetra War. Ashwathama was the son of Dronacharya and Kripi (sister of Kripacharya). Drona loves his son very dearly. Ashwathama along with his father Guru Dronacharya fought in the battle of Mahabharata from the Kauravas side against the Pandavas. Since his birth, Ashwathama had a mani (jewel) embedded in his forehead.

Killing of Ashwathama’s Father – Guru Dronacharya

After the killing of Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna in a Chakravyhu, Arjuna vows to kill Jayadratha (whom he thinks is responsible for Abhimanyu’s death). Drona places Jayadratha far away from Arjuna in the war and has a very strong army guarding Jayadratha. Drona tries to stop Arjuna, but as advised by Krishna, Arjuna avoids the fight with Drona, he just marches towards Jayadratha for which Drona follows Arjuna and tries to stop him but fails. Later on the 15th day of the Kurukshetra war, Dronacharya becomes furiosuly unstoppable, he took to more of unrighteous path. He started using Brahmastra against common soldiers while the brahmastra is supposed to be used only with an equal opponent. He killed about 20000 soldiers using brahmastra. On this day, Krishna knew that it is very important to kill Dronacharya, for that he has to lay his weapon, so Krishna comes with a plan. Bheema (one of the Pandava brothers) killed an elephant named Ashwathama and announces it loudly. Drona could not believe that his son has died, so to confirm this, he asks Yudhisthir if it is true, for this Yudhisthir says : “Ashwathama hathaha iti, narova kunjarova” which means “Ashwathama is dead, Elephant not man”, while saying the second half of the statement Yudhisthir lowered his voice and knowing that Yudhistir will not lie, Krishna blew his Conch and the second half was not heard by Drona. Though I will say efforts of doing unrighteous and making foold of each other is done by both Pandavas and Kauravas. Drona was hurt of the news and could not believe that Ashwathama is dead, he laid his weapon. Drishtadyumna (son of Drupada) then killed Guru Drona at this opportunity.

Ashwathama in Kurukshetra War / Mahabharata

Hastinapur, ruled by King Dhrishtrastra, offered Dronacharya the privilege of teaching the Kuru princes, both Dronacharya and Ashwatthama were loyal to Hastinapur and fought for the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war.

Ashwathama meets Duryodhana

During Gadayuddha between Bheema and Duryodhana, Duryodhana was mortally wounded. Ashwathama alongwith Kripacharaya and Kritvarma visited the spot where the dying Duryodhana was lying. Ashwathama promised Duryodhana that he will never forgive Pandavas for dishonourable killing of his father and killing Duryodhana. He then swore to kill Pandavas by any means.

Ashwathama’s attack on Pandavas Camp

After Duryodhana’s defeat, on the last night of war, disturbed and restless Ashwatthama was sitting sleepless under a large tree where he observed that an owl was being attacked and harassed by crows in the morning. This owl attacked the same group of crows at night taking revenge. This gave him an idea of attacking the Pandava camp at midnight. He gathered the only other survivors Kaurava warriors — Kritavarma and Kripacharya and attacked the Pandava camp on the 18th night of the Kurukshetra war. There he killed Dhrishtadyumna, Shikhandi and many other prominent warriors of Pandava army while they were sleeping. Those who tried to flee from Ashwathama’s wrath, were hacked down by Kripacharyya and Kritavarma who were positioned at the camp’s entrance. He killed Draupadi’s five sons, the Upa-Pandavas, while they were sleeping believing them to be the five Pandava brothers. After destroying the entire Pandava camp, Ashwathama carried the five heads of Draupadi’s sons and proceeded towards Duryodana claiming that he had beheaded the Pandavas where he realised that he killed the sons of Pandavas by mistake. Ashwathama, realising his mistake, went to Sage Vedavyasa’s ashram in order to seek salvation (prayaschittam) for his crime.

Curse of Krishna to Ashwathama

Incensed over the cowardly act of Ashwathama, the Pandavas went after him to sage Vyasa’s ashram. Seeing this, Ashwathama, as a last resort, used his sacred knowledge of the Vedas to devise a Bramhastra from a blade of grass and invoked it against the Pandavas and Krishna, although he was strictly forbidden to do so by his father Dronacharya for any purpose. Krishna asked Arjuna to invoke the same. Arjuna invokes Bramhastra, which he received by Dronacharya itself, towards Ashwathama.

On seeing the two powerful astras heading for a head on catastrophic collision that would result in the total devestation of the entire Earth, sage Vyasa stopped these divine weapons from colliding with each other by using his yogic power. He asked both these warriors to withdraw their respective weapons. Arjuna was able to withdraw his Brahmastra, while Ashwatthama could not do so as Dronocharya did not teach his son how to withdraw it. An archer who is able to invoke and withdraw any Divyastra (Divine Weapon) can invoke it as many times as he wishes. Dronacharya taught Arjuna to withdraw Brahmastra but he did not do so to Ashwathama, thus limiting the power of Ashwathama to invoke Brahmastra for only one instance. However, Ahswathama was given the option of deviating his weapon towards one single isolated object in a place that was not inhabited by any form of life. But Ashwathama, out of spite, directed the weapon towards the womb of Uttara (wife of Abhimanyu) who was carrying Abhimanyu’s son (Parikshit) in an attempt to end the lineage of the Pandavas. Krishna used his Sudarshan Chakra to stop the Brahmashirastra and save Uttara’s unborn child.

Lord Krishna then placed a curse on Ashwathama that “he will carry the burden of all people’s sins on his shoulders and will roam alone like a ghost without getting any love and courtesy till the end of Kaliyuga; He will have neither any hospitality nor any accommodation; He will be in total isolation from mankind and society; His body will suffer from a host of incurable diseases forming sores and ulcers that would never heal”. Ashwathama was asked to surrender his gem which was on his forehead. Lord Sri Krishna further states that “the wound caused by the removal of this gem on his forehead will never heal and will suffer from leprosy, till the end of Kaliyuga”. It is believed that in Kaliyuga, his name will be “Suryakant”. Thus, Ashwathama will be in search of death every moment, and yet he will never die. At the end of Kali Yuga, Ashwatthama is to meet Sri Kalki, the tenth and final avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Is Ashwathama Still Alive?

Now comes the most interesting part of this blog. Ashwathama is claimed to be seen by many people. Some of the instances are as follows:

A Vaidya (Ayurvedic Doctor) in Madhya Pradesh had a tough patient with a septic forehead. After several applications of a fail-proof potion, the wound was still fresh and kept bleeding. Amazed at this, the doctor wittingly said: “Your wound seems ageless and cureless. I wonder, are you Ashwathama.. hahaha”. At the third ‘ha’, he turned around to apply the next doze and found that the seat was empty. The patient just disappeared into air, sealing Vaidya’s wit with reality. This was reported in the Kalyan Magazine as well but who know if its a truth or not!!

Legend says that in an Indian village near Burhanpur, there is an old fort called Asirgarh (in Madhya Pradesh), ancient tomb in India where Ashwathama supposedly offers flowers to a Shivaling each morning. This came very briefly on some news channels too.

Some Yogis like Pilot Baba mentioned their encounter and conversation with Ashwathama, who was living among tribes at Himalayan Foothills.

I believe in Hindu Mythology, and so I believe in the tale above and for the same reason, one day, I will visit the fort of Asirgarh too. If anyone knows of something else, please share.

PS: Some of the text above is a comprehensive important conclusion from many different sites including that of wikipedia, wayfayrer.blogspot.in and many more. I am just sharing those information in a more conclusive way…

88 thoughts on “The Legend of Ashwathama – Is Ashwathama Still Alive?

  1. Reply Nikhil pote Oct 7, 2012 10:50 AM

    hey friend i lived in maharashtra in amravati region i am always intrested to knowing about ashwathama plz contact me by email for any thing..

  2. Reply Vaibhav Nov 15, 2012 4:50 PM

    Bro uh did brilliant job by iterating ol aspects related to ashwathama. Go on

  3. Reply Shreyas Nimbkar Jan 13, 2013 1:18 AM

    you can read about Mai kunte!!!!you can get reference in book ‘Narmade Har Har’(Marathi Book)

  4. Reply RAJEEV Jan 31, 2013 11:34 AM

    I THINK ASHWATHAM KNOWS SOME IMMORTAL MEDICINE WHICH IS FOUND IN MADHAY PRADESH TAT IS WHY HE
    REVISIT SAME PLACE

  5. Reply Ruchita Feb 15, 2013 5:57 PM

    very well written.loved it. Please keep us posted on any new information if any

  6. Reply macineely Feb 16, 2013 10:35 AM

    I have a great deal of admiration for Ashwatthama. He was only fighting fire with fire. The Pandavas killed his father deceitfully, so he decided to kill them deceitfully.
    It’d be really interesting to meet him, if he was still alive. It’d be interesting to hear his first hand account of the Kurukshetra War.

  7. Reply LavaKumar S Feb 18, 2013 5:59 PM

    Nicely narrated ..Ashwatthama is really a best friend so far and will stay in the minds of present generation…

  8. Reply abishak Feb 23, 2013 2:54 PM

    thanks for the info about the Ayurveda doc exp, pls do share something more if you come across anything !!!

  9. Reply space Feb 28, 2013 4:02 AM

    i have heard that he is about 12 feet in height and bhim’s son Ghatotkach was about 150 metres or 450 feet in height .i mean those are serious statistics. city of dwarka has already been discovered just off shore in gujarat , laksha graha or the lac palace of mahabharat is in barnava about 40 km from meerut , battlefield of kurukshetra, numerous other locations across india could be proof of india’s history. who knows what else and where else exist.

  10. Reply Sandeep K Verma Mar 8, 2013 6:55 PM

    I Visited the place asirgarh…found there a shiv temple but no proof of aswathama visiting this place & offering pooja. Ashish who is caretaker there & working since 11 years has no incidence such. later talked to some people who explained that these are stories with no live proof

    • Reply Prashant Mar 9, 2013 8:04 AM

      Thanks for the comment dear Sandeep.
      Its nice to hear that you went there and did some findings. i agree that there might be no live proof but you never know….need to check if stories are cooked up or real…
      I think there has to be some reason behind the stories. lets see…..

  11. Reply Akash Mar 10, 2013 3:26 AM

    superb write up Prashant.

    I have also visited there once and when raised the curiosity to the fort care taker, he had no replies apart from laughing and saying Mandir udhar hai…

    • Reply Prashant Mar 10, 2013 8:03 AM

      Hey thanks for the comment Akash and glad that you liked the article :)

      Di you find anything strange there….
      I will also plan going there sometime this year. is there any hotel or cottage nearby to stay….

  12. Reply kalrav Mar 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    i’ve read an article in newspaper that many peoples during narmada bhraman have seen a 12 feet heighted old man who can swim like rocket and he has no fear of crocodiles evan that peoples said that if we ask him ‘is he ashwathama?’ he turns in anger and disapears in seconds.Sorry for my bad english.

    • Reply Prashant Mar 22, 2013 3:56 PM

      Thanks for the comment Kalrav :)
      There are many stories roaming around though I still believe that if there is God, there has to be Ashwathama still alive somewhere….

  13. Reply Shashank Bhardwaj Mar 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    Hey Hi, Prashant

    well m very happy to see that people still hv great interest in our Mythology. i am a writer in Indian Film Industry and workin on a script about the great warrior Ashwatthama n his mani (the Shiva stone), m researching frm past 2 year’s and collecting some information about, well many of them are fake, but still some of them r really believable, like one, he travel through the Ganga river by his own bot 24 #7, and he also visit the temple near the Ganga worship there and offers flowers to all Shivaling each morning. and not only that there is one more story over here of my grandfather’s friend who saw him in 1963 on laal mahadev Ganga ghaat Anupshahr uttar pradesh(a part of Hastinapur according to old map’s) at 2:45 or 3:00 by mistake, he was doing Yoga there like his daily routine at 4:30. he thought it’s 4:30 but it was around 2:45 or 3:00. he had a chat wid him, Ashwatthama tryed to hide his septic forehead wid the help of his long hair…. . ahhh it’s a very long story..(like my father said)

    Prashant m looking for more information about him and his stone, plz help me wid that if u gt more info.

    Thank u

    Regards
    Shashank Bhardwaj
    Email- orangesketches@gmail.com

    • Reply Prashant Mar 24, 2013 12:47 AM

      Hi Shashank,

      Thanks a lot for writing in.
      Thanks for liking the blog and yes I do believe in our mythology and our ancient history.
      Though all of my study, research and information about Ashwathama is in the blog itself but do let me know whatever information is required from your end. I am anyhow going to goto Asirgarh and do some more study on it. I am going to click pics and record videos as well. I am an amateur photographer too :)

      Its nice if I could be of any help to you in your script.
      :)
      Thanks
      Prashant

      • Reply Nirmalya Apr 3, 2013 10:18 PM

        Thanks to all the friends who posted their comments,i am researching about aswathama for the past couple of months,The sincerity and loyalty of such a brave warrior is truely admirable.but he did the mistake of using the bramhastra against uttara which is why lord krishna placed him under curse,still as the supreme lord loves all creature i hope he should be having mercy, i mean punishment till the end of kaliyuga is terrible,lets pray that once he meets lord kalki his soul reclaims peace,praying for mukti of his soul. As per scriptures he is in agati so his soul is out of time loop and never reaches to heaven or hell.this is the worst punishment. I pray to sri hari that at least his pain reduces. Hari bol

  14. Reply ashish dagar Apr 6, 2013 11:49 AM

    i lived in pachmarhi,madhya pradesh in 2009……in satpura range a man with a wound on his forehead is seen by many persons i m amazed is it a truth or a fake story

    • Reply Prashant Apr 6, 2013 10:52 PM

      they might be true stories about Ashwathama but their are no facts yet.
      i wish i could plan a visit to Madhya Pradesh as soon as possible.

  15. Reply Brishti Apr 12, 2013 6:14 PM

    Aswathhama is said to be 12 feet tall. As in the Dwapar Yuga , when Mahabharata was written and the incidents took place, half the world was full of evil powers. So, tthat time people lived longer and had tremendous height. I have never visited Madhya Pradesh but I am really interested to know about mythology. I have also heard of a legend where Aswathama is said to visit a temple in Madhya Pradesh on Diwali night every year and some instances also gives us hints of a 6000 years old man who is 12 feet tall who has witnessed all the bloodshed of the world. But I personally think that nobody will be able to see them ever. As, maybe if they are immortal, they want peace. Even if they exist, they will never come in front of today’s people. But I believe that Aswathama is alive today and he Hanuman and characters who are im m ortal are the only witnesses of the bloodshed and the history of the world.

  16. Reply sandeep malviya Apr 17, 2013 12:13 AM

    muze b ashwathama k baare me jaanne ki bahot ichcha he
    koi agar muze iske baare me jaankari de to muzpar bahot upkar hoga
    malviya.sandeepg@gmail.com

    • Reply Prashant Apr 17, 2013 8:20 AM

      Hey Sandeep, Thanks for the comment.
      Can I request you to please not to disclose your personal numbers in your comments. i have deleted them for security reasons…

      about information on Ashwathama, theres a lot of information I gathered in my post. i will share more once i get hold of something new…
      thaanks again

  17. Reply sandeep malviya Apr 17, 2013 12:15 AM

    great

  18. Reply Di Apr 23, 2013 6:05 PM

    Haribol,

    Thank you for this info. Please keep us updated.
    The story is fascinating. I have been searching on the net for a location in which to find him for the past year.

    It would be great if we could find some one who lives in the area of the
    Barhanpur that could communicate with us with regards to his movements if he is in fact in that area.

    Thank you again.

    Hare Krishna

    • Reply Prashant Apr 24, 2013 6:31 PM

      Hey thanks for the comment Di. :)
      Yeah, if we could get someone from Burhanpur we can plan a trip.

      thanks again for reading and liking the blog :)

  19. Reply Debajyoti May 10, 2013 4:43 PM

    Hi friends,
    I just want to know has anybody ever tried to make a comprehensive search about that immortal character-Ashwaththama….? Has any team ever tried to go for a search to prove this legend? Even how many attempts have been done to the discovery of Dwarka or Indraprashtha??..Once upon a time people didn’t believe in troy and they found troy…Mr. Rakhaldas Banerjee discovered Harappa in the same way……we need to search because our forefathers must have seen something,otherwise you can’t write Ramayana or Mahabharata just with your imagination, even greats like Shakespeare or Tagore would’ve failed to do that!!

    • Reply Prashant May 13, 2013 6:06 AM

      Hi Debajyoti,

      thanks for the comment :)
      yeah, we must at least try once to do a good research on it. I am ON for the expedition.
      but as you said in your other comment, for latest technologies we must link with National Geo or Discovery but I need to find their contact details. Lets see.
      will keep you updated.

  20. Reply Debajyoti May 10, 2013 4:48 PM

    And one thing I forgot to mention that we need to have the organization like National Geographic ,Discovery in these expedition…they are fully equipped with modern-age equipment s which will do a great help to write history of mankind in a completely new way….If you can please inform them in this respect…..

  21. Reply Mayank May 14, 2013 9:52 AM

    I have been to asirgarh fort many a times, bt this seems only to be a legend. the fort is inhabited by lot of monkeys and bats. Just go there for the fun of trekking and enjoying the ancient marvel the fort itself. Rest all doesnt make sense

    • Reply Prashant May 14, 2013 10:01 PM

      Hi Mayank,
      thanks for comment and nice to hear that you have been there quite a few times.
      but i don’t agree if you say rest all doesn’t make any sense. it might not be making sense to you or it might also be possible that you don’t believe in Indian ancient history.
      yeah you are right that it seems to be a legend until you really get the truth in front of you. one fine day you may get it.
      it really needs a good expedition with right technology.

  22. Reply Mayank May 14, 2013 11:45 PM

    i do believe in ancient history and that makes me visit these forts ! bt with a practical view towards it !!! one thing is for sure that everything in this word is mortal, so something or someone wud b there forever isnt possible at all.

    i too want someday 2 meet ashwathama bt it doesnt seem 2 happen cos at the end of d day we need to understand and sanely differentiate between hearsay and the practical aspects of things.

    if something doesnt leave an evidence behind it doesnt exist thats my only submission.

    Still if u sometime plan 2 get a team 2 research on this, do let me know it wud b great 2 b part of it !

  23. Reply kunal patil May 24, 2013 12:20 AM

    Thnx prashant fr the information n I wanted to ask
    Out of all the chiranjivees who is te bali whoes going to be nxt indra is he one frm ramayana or some eles.plz reply thnk u.

    • Reply Prashant May 24, 2013 4:53 PM

      Hey Kunal.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Bali is actually Mahabali and He is according to Hindus is believed to be as a true devotee of God. Bali is also discussed in the sacred text of Guru Granth Sahib.
      The festival of Onam is celebrated on his name only in Kerala as his yearly homecoming after being sent down to patala lok.
      It should be noticed that even Lord Vishnu tested Bali , He retained his faith in God and that’s why Lord Vishnu granted boon to Bali and he is allowed to visit Kerala once in a year to ensure that his people are happy.
      you can read more about Him @:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabali

  24. Reply Abhijit Das May 31, 2013 2:25 PM

    The Seven Chiranjives are

    Bali, Hanuman, Vyas, Ashwathama, Kripacharya, Bibhisena, Parsuram

    Some other chiranjeeves are

    Rishi Markandeya, Jambuvan, Prahlad, Vidur (?)

    In next Manavantra

    Bali to become Indra
    Ashwathama to become Veda Vyas
    Hanuman to become next Brahma

    Currently we are in 7th Manavantra as per Puranas

    Abhijit

  25. Reply shailaza Jun 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    Hey Prashant,
    Ancient history fascinates me to no end and I love this blog of yours.. great work!
    Sherry

    • Reply Prashant Jun 4, 2013 12:27 AM

      Hi Sherry,

      Thanks for writing in and for such a nice appreciated comment :)
      Ancient history is always fascinating and I am still doing studies on it whenever I get time. How about you?

      Prashant

      • Reply Sherry Jun 4, 2013 10:14 AM

        Same here Prashant..it intrigues me and there are some answers I am searching for…I am doing a project too…but cant reveal much on this site… :)
        Sherry

        • Reply Prashant Jun 4, 2013 3:33 PM

          cool. thanks for a quick reply :)
          All the best for your project. Please let me know once you complete that project. I wish a successful completion of the same :)

          Can i help you getting in answers you looking for?
          Take care.

  26. Reply Sandip Jun 4, 2013 6:58 PM

    Hi in one TV show it showed ashwathama daily comes & offers flowers daily on shiv linga early in the morning in village temple of UP or MP state I exactly don’t know but it showed if that so we can keep small camera & observe is it really true. I believe on the same, but as per media person the pandit was not allowing to keep the camera.

    • Reply Prashant Jun 4, 2013 9:02 PM

      Hey Sandip
      thanks for the comment.
      yeah, its Asirpur fort (in Madhya Pradesh).

      history is always fascinating but reality is what you see and what you can prove. i am looking for some people who are really interested in an expedition sort of visit to MP and check out if there’s any reality in what people believe. at least it will be interesting to see places like that…

  27. Reply Dr.Rupali Jun 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    Hi
    iam Dr.rupali ,iam an scientists and do believe that there is something which is beyond today’s science.Initially yoga and Ayurveda were not considered but today it is different .Ramayana was considered as fairy tale but with the findings of Ram setu things have changed.And also Dwaraka.Things that we don’t know have to be researched .As in Puranas there is a mention of ninth Avatar in form of Gautam Budh ,this was predicted at the time when RushiVyas wrote Mahabharata And it was truth after many year. Take an example of Abhimanyu who learned about Chakrviuh in his mothers womb .This was not taken seriously in the past ,but has been proved right and many pregnant ladies go for garb sanskar(garb= womb) today.Now about Ashwathama it is a research in itself and I would like to be a part of it.
    Thank u.

    • Reply Prashant Jun 9, 2013 4:00 PM

      Hello Dr. Rupali,

      Thanks a lot for the comment.
      Yeah, I fully agree with you. I believe people don’t have much time in today’s world to think about these things. Infact these are most important stuff of our Ancient Indian history. I am happy that you are ready to be a part of this research.
      Let me consolidate all people who are interested in getting along on this topic and I will then make a group of us.

      The group will obviously have a great potential having people like you.

      Thanks.

  28. Reply xyz Jun 15, 2013 7:16 PM

    hi frnd…wat ever u have said is absolutely correct n even i read that many great sages like shankaraacharya n etc are still alive in himalayas in secret places….!!!! n its very interesting!!!!!

  29. Reply coolomOnkar Jun 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    I loved your story about ashwatthama and keenly I interested in the truth of his existence. I do believe in the ancient history and if the story ofmahabharata is true, he still exists. I would like to know more experiences from people living in and around asirgarh and MP who may have witnessed such a person with an injured forehead as,ing for ghee to cure it. Keepus posted more about it as you get more updates.do you also believe the hanuman pic which was captured in Himalayas?

    • Reply Prashant Jun 18, 2013 3:29 PM

      Thanks a lot for the comment Mr. Onkar.

      You are 5th person in all of my comments here who is really interested in getting to know the truth.
      Can we all plan a trip to Asirgarh and try getting more information…

    • Reply Prashant Jun 18, 2013 3:30 PM

      I haven’t done my studies on Hanuman pic captured in the Himalayas…will revert once i do some study on it.

  30. Reply kiara Jun 25, 2013 10:38 PM

    hello am ashna from mauritius , a hindu girl, doing hinduism… we were doing the chapter mahabharata in college n when my teacher told me that ashwathama is still alive i was shocked n came on net to search n i found this… i mean here… please if you guys, gurus or friend get more infomations please add me on facebook to send the information thnx you ;)https://www.facebook.com/neesha.jhummun

    • Reply Prashant Jun 26, 2013 9:16 AM

      Hi Ashna,
      Thanks for putting in the comment.
      Yes, I do believe that Aswhathama is still alive as He is one of the Chiranjivis.
      This is monsoon time here in North India. So I my plan of a small expedition with some of the interested members here to Madhya Pradesh (Asirgarh Fort) is shifted for another one month. Let’s see how it goes but i will surely keep you informed :)

      take care :)

  31. Reply Aviraj Jun 27, 2013 11:32 AM

    It was a thought provoking article with no artificiality, I used to feel that only I have this type of curiosity about our ancient texts and scriptures. Seeing so many like minded and people much more knowledgeable here, it seems I am not alone !! I have e-copies (PDF) of many Hindu scriptures like Puranas. I would be happy to share them. I have a question regarding “Kalki”. I have among many signs of end stages of Kali Yuga was marriage between same sex ( which known in the past imagined, is a reality today). Similarly, I have heard that at the extreme end stage of Kalki there will be no more formal relation between man and woman and sanity of all relations will be compromised. Another feature will be man eating human-flesh. The last part is really not a reality even today. So, I wonder how far we are from Kalki arrival and any idea about how he will be ?

    • Reply Prashant Jun 27, 2013 8:13 PM

      Thanks a lot Aviraj for such a nice comment.
      Yeah, there are people with such curiosity in their mind. There are lots of people in this world with love to Indian history and the sculptures.
      About the end stages of Kali Yuga; I can only say that we are on verge of it I guess. the last part as you said “human eating human flesh” is reality. I have seen in articles and news that there are people who eats foetus. I dont know if thats really a fact but I have seen news and videos on such things. If not, it is going to happen soon.

      So, ultimately, I think we are just at the end of it.

      I think its good to make a group of like-minded people like us and share thoughts within. I know its time for me to now make a group for expedition towards the Legends of Hindu Ancient history. Hope this message is going to everyone who comments on my post and who liked my post. Its a request to everyone out there to at least reply here with a positive confirmation to make such group :)

  32. Reply Adi Jun 29, 2013 8:22 PM

    Hey man great! This is the best post regarding aswathama I have come across. I have one request. Could you share all the information regarding aswathama. I have been researching about it but haven’t got much! :(

  33. Reply Suryakant sao Jul 20, 2013 5:59 PM

    Dear Prashant bro I thank your from deep of my heart for sharing this most interesting fact about Mahabharata.It’s very sad to know that after independence of our country still we are striving to know about own culture and tradition. But anyhow internet has done one great thing that we can share all the thing we like to all our Hindu brother and sisters
    ,
    Thanks once again Bro may shiv ji bless you and you do great works
    An yes also It was very shocking to know that Ashwathama is known as Suryakant And my name is also Suryakant…????

    • Reply Prashant Jul 20, 2013 8:50 PM

      Thank you for your comment and wishes Mr. Suryakant.

      Yeah, it is believed that in Kaliyuga Ashwathama is known as Suryakant.

      You too got some nice articles. will go through them later for sure :)

  34. Reply saimanoj Aug 7, 2013 12:13 AM

    hello prasant

    why do u want to find ashwathama?
    since srikrishna cursed him, how can one bring a difference even though he is found.

    yet if someone wants to search him, do meditation and just search for anything.
    if u believe in mahabharata u should believe in meditation. all maharshis fallowed it but no one failed to get what they wanted.. but this manual searching may not yield results.
    ones if u may find him also he may not answer u..

    if there are seven similar search for other too know?

    i got a link on this article check it.. may be informative..
    http://haribhakt.com/aswathama-existed-ashwathama-seen-by-people-ashwathama-is-alive/

    finally.. not to discourage but to be practical…

    • Reply Prashant Aug 7, 2013 10:10 AM

      Hi Manoj,

      thx for the comment.
      I agree that he may not answer us, it may not bring a difference to anyone but just for the sake of curiosity and interest level, I gathered information about Ashwathama and put it in my article.

      As far as finding Ashwathama is concerned, you are right that it is going to be very difficult finding him but nothing is impossible in this world. We have to keep trying. Being an Aquariun, I have interest in anything mysterious and I am always ready for any expedition.

      One fine day, some of us, will go on this expedition. I know we may not end up in a success result but its worth a try.

      -
      Prashant

  35. Reply saimanoj Aug 7, 2013 12:46 PM

    hi prashant.

    I appreciate u for the words “nothing is impossible”. a suggestion from my side..

    just don’t come with an idea come with a plan then the exposure of your plan here can form a team..
    then step forward according to your plan also if necessary make changes based on the suggestions of your team.

    i would like to join u if i like your plan..all the best..

    best wishes..

    • Reply Prashant Aug 7, 2013 4:28 PM

      cool man.
      thx again for writing in :)

      let me see about the plan….will surely let you know once i am ready with it.

      where do you stay!!

  36. Reply saimanoj Aug 7, 2013 6:25 PM

    good eveng..

    Im in vizag(andhra pradesh).

    if u know telugu ican provide u video links to know about mahabharata(completely) in some detail.

    by the way, do u know the communicaing language of people of hastinapur during the times of mahabharata?

  37. Reply OMKUMAR Aug 8, 2013 5:01 AM

    I believe it was Sanskrit, which was the language most commonly used then in the region.
    Reason – Maharishi Vyas – the main narrator of Mahabharata also had a son named Shuka.
    Since, as a child, he was quite well versed with Vedas-Gyan and was narrative in the same manner as his father Maharishi Vyas. It was also because of this quality of repeating the shloks in the exact same manner as his father that he was named Shuka, which in Sanskrit means parrot.
    Coming to the point that as the names were kept based on the meanings of the Sanskrit language, early depiction of Mahabharat would have been in Sanskrit.

    Prashant, you have made a good blog and it is nice to read and understand different views on the topic.

    Just as Duryodhana is considered the epi centre of evil, but still has his good sides naming one of them is that he openly addressed the problems of caste ism. When Karna was being humiliated by many on the basis that he was the son of a charioteer and was thus not to be positioned equal to the kuru princes, Duryodhana stepped in, granted Karna Ang Desh and made him an instant king to reveal that caste ism was not to be tolerated by him.

    Simlarly, Ashwathama having a lot of great deeds by his side was then not ready to accept the deceitful death of his father Rishi Dronacharya. But actually his father was part of the cowardly act slaying Shri Abhimanyu and thus was destined to be killed by all means. Life is all about learning and the learning leads to Knowledge, the core knowledge is to understand the right and the wrong and then to follow the right. Ashwathama knew from his father that they were not fighting for the right and so he should have stepped down from the war when his father was killed as he was on the side of the kauravs because he did not want to fight against his father.
    Therefore, to me he deserved his punishment and his Chiranjivi blessing became a punishment in disguise.

    OMKUMAR

    • Reply Prashant Aug 8, 2013 9:00 AM

      Hi OmKumar,

      Thanks for writing in and for the complements over my blog.
      Information you have written in your comment is just awesome and complete many things about Mahabharat…

      -
      Prashant

  38. Reply Naga Aug 8, 2013 10:12 PM

    Hi Prashant,

    Thanks for writing such interesting blog. I am one of like minded curious to know beyond reach. This is second time I had searched in google about Aswathama, in my last visit I read yet another interesting news about Aswathama who is still alive, he was seen in some village I didnt remember, while I come across again shall provide the link.
    Continue your research as you said nothing is impossible…needless to say that our puranas are real true believe or not, things like ram setu, findings of dwaraka under the sea, ayur vedha, sushrutha are quite enough to conclude about our puranas. Due to not enough funding from gov. the research under the sea for dwaraka has been stopped.


    Naga

    • Reply Prashant Aug 8, 2013 11:22 PM

      Hi Naga,

      Thanks for the comment.
      I am seriously very happy to see that there are lots of many other like minded people in this world and giving some time towards our ancient history.
      I believe in our Hindu Ancient History and I will keep on gathering Knowledge so one day I get to know the Truth.
      Thanks a lot for the encouragement.

      I am sure one day people who are busy minting money now a days will understand their basics.

      -
      Prashant

  39. Reply saimanoj Aug 9, 2013 11:24 PM

    hi prashant where do u stay?

  40. Reply saimanoj Aug 11, 2013 12:12 AM

    thats okay prashant, but what percentage of that content could be true?

    I am happy that one more person recognized that some people costs entire lives for yearnings.

    what do u think of using technology to find?not sure what kind of technology but technology can help..

    • Reply Prashant Aug 11, 2013 1:06 AM

      Well as I said it was nice reading it but I don’t know about the reality yet and I cannot justify if content in that link is true or not…
      what do you think about that!!

  41. Reply saimanoj Aug 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    all suppose to have the same feeling that u have until some proof is found.

  42. Reply Arun Harishyam Rastogi Aug 17, 2013 8:58 AM

    @Prashant, great blog…you are maintaining, browsed some of the good articles. @Manoj Thanks Manoj that was good link and it is one of the exhaustive content on Aswathama found in internet. It helped me a lot in satisfying some of my curiosities not just on Aswathama but also on why we should be proud Hindu. Thanks again, I have become fan of this blog and that site. But still my hunger on pursuing more TRUTH is not over :). Share some more links if you have.

    • Reply Prashant Aug 17, 2013 1:40 PM

      Hi Arun,

      Thanks for complements and yes you are right that the other link is too good.
      just like you, even my search for more truth is not over yet. lets see what else can be found :)
      you also please share whenever you get more information…

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