Dhrishtadyumna | Drupada’s Son, Draupadi’s Brother

Dhrishtadyumna, was the son of Drupada, the Panchala king, and brother of Draupadi. And he and his sister Draupadi were born in the sacrificial fire. He was the chief of the Pandava army during the Kurukshetra War. Dhrishtadyumna killed Drona, the guru of pandavas and kauravas, during the time of his meditation.

Drupada performed a yagna in order to create a son from the yagna fire, in order to kill Guru Drona, who had taken half of his kingdom. Since Dhrishtadyumna was created in order to kill Guru Drona, he killed him. He was told to do so by the pandavas.

He is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Agni Dev, since he was born from fire. His sister Draupati is also considered as an avatar of Mata Parvati Devi, and worshipped by the people as Panchali Amman and Draupadi Amman, and several temples are dedicated for her in Tamil Nadu.

It is believed that in his previous birth, he was born as Ekalavya, and he has given his right hand thumb to Guru Drona as Guru Dakshina.

He got great knowledge in handling weapons and also contains knowledge in divine subjects.
He was the student of Drona, and he learned various types of arts from him. He was a great swordsman and killed six great warriors including guru Drona. He was also a very good archer, and fought well and stood at the pandavas side and helped them in the kurukshetra war.

He was killed by Drona’s son Ashwathama during the Kurukshetra war.


Being the avatar of Lord Agni, he contains great power, and can destroy anybody through his great knowledge in handling powerful weapons. He was a kind hearted king, who had done lot of charitable activities to the people of his Panchala region, and acted in a kind manner to them. He was a pious and a noble man, who took Krishna as his mentor and acted as per his advice, and was blessed by him. He also contains super natural powers, and used it during the Kurukshetra war.

Let us worship the great warrior and be blessed.


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  1. Deepak modgil says:

    Dhristadyumna aarti