Satisfied at having
achieved something new and significant, Ekalavya returned to his forest. There he prepared
an idol of Dronacharya, installed it in a particular place, and began to worship it
reverently by offering flowers, fruits, etc.
Ekalavya would get up early in themorning, bathe himself and offer 'pooja' to the
masters idol. Enshrined in his mind were the words, actions and training methods of
Drona he had witnessed. He faithfully followed the instructions and continued his
practice; and his prowess increased as days passed.
While Arjuna had personally mastered archery from Drona, learning from him by first
hand, Ekalavya achieved equally impressive skill while worshipping the Master in absentia.
If he could not accomplish a pailicular technique, he would rush to Drona's image and
present his problem and would wait in meditation till a solution appeared in his mind. He
would then proceed further.
Ekalavya's training progressed in this manner.