Ekalavya's joy knew no bounds
when he learnt that Dronacharya was visiting him. He tidied up the whole forest to welcome
the Master. Thinking that Drona should not miss his path amidst darkness or shadows thrown
by tall trees, he positioned his fellow tribesmen all along the route to guide his teacher
to the destination without hindrance.
He decorated the idol he was worshipping with colorful wild flowers. He prayed before
it again. He kept the bow and arrows properly arranged. He was full of anticipation.
Horns blew heralding the arrival of Dronacharya. Ekalavya rushed out and saw him
majestically walking down. Approaching him, Ekalavya fell at his feet,- tears rolled down
his cheeks in sheer excitement. His desire to welcome the Master was great; it was total
surrender. Ekalavya also formally welcomed Arjuna and Ashwatthama, who had accompanied the