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By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Drona, Drona, Drona
- vessel; quiver; bowl; bucket; trough; chalice; pitcher
- the son of Bharadvāja, the husband of Kripī, and father of Aśvatthāmā, and also known as Droņācārya (Droņa the preceptor) who, though a brāmaņa, was a naturally talented expert in the art of weaponry, specially archery, and warfare, himself being the disciple of Paraśurāma. His foremost identity is that of the trainer, or guru of the Kaurava and Pāndava princes in their formative years in the art of warfare and weaponry, and who was the commander-in-chief of the Kaurava camp in the Bharata War, killing his former friend and latter bitter enemy King Drupada, and himself being killed on the 15th day of the war by Dhŗşţadyumna in an illegal and unethical manner (M. Bh.); one of the 8 vasus who was the husband of Abhimatī and the father of Harşa (Bg. Pur.) (fem: droņā): the daughter of Sińhahanu (Bu. Car.).