the distinguished guests to a feast of delicious fruits, milk, etc. He later demonstrated
to them his prowess in archery. Arrows flew in all directions in novel formations.
Ekalavya gratefully told Drona: 'Sir, all this is the result of your kind blessing. As
long as I remember you, none of the arrows I send forth can fail to hit the target,
Acharya, I have also learnt to aim at the source of any sound! I sat in prayer before your
idol and during the worship, the whole knowledge came to me. How can I forget your
generosity?' His eyes were closed in reverence.
Dronacharya was thrilled at the words and actions of Ekalavya. His heart melted with
deep affection for this unique pupil. Seeing the devotion with which be worshipped his
idol, his eyes swelled with tears of emotion. I am lucky to have such a pupil', he told
himself. When he remembered the object of his visit, Drona shuddered in agony. Should this
poor boy suffer because of a promise I made to a prince? Should his life's ambition
collapse shatteringly? Drona felt grieved.
Arjuna and Ashwatthama sat transfixed upon witnessing Ekalavya's skills. They forgot
themselves and began applauding him.