Ekalavya had developed a strong
affection towards the animals amidst which he was growing up. He wanted these simple,
harmless animals to grow in a loving way under his care and ensured they came to no harm.
If anyone troubled them, he would feel like killing him!
A large number of wolves live in that forest and they often hunted small tender calves
of deer and other animals. The calves wailing when caught by the wolves would be
heart-rending, Ekalavya would upon hearing such cries, writhe in' agony. 'Can't I save
these poor animals? Can't I possess enough physical strength to wipe out this menace?' he
The hunters are born archers. Ekalavya too grew up mastering the art. However, he
aspired to increase his physical prowess so that he can rid his forest of the wolves'
menace and make it a safe haven for deer and other animals. He therefore pursued his
training in archery with total concentration.