Sandipani Muni was the guru of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Near the asrama is the Gomti Kund, a stepped water tank. Legend has it that this is where Krishna summoned all the holy waters from various centres so that his elderly Guru, Sandipani Muni would not have to travel other holy places.
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The friendship between Karna and Duryodhana is considered to be a great one, and is used as an example of friendship and loyalty. In the epic, Duryodhana decries the means of discrimination employed by Dronacharya. He goes one step further to accord Karna a place among the royals, by crowning him the King of Anga and standing by him whenever anyone pointed a finger at his lower-birth. He seems to not care about the low birth of Karna and is the only one to vocally support Karna candidature in the archery contest without caring about caste inequality. When Draupadi refuses to allow Karna to string the bow at her Swayamvara because of his low birth, Duryodhana defends him saying “great sages, philosophers, and warriors have no source. They are made great, not born great”. In modern light, his disrespect for discrimination and blind following of tradition is seen more positively.
While staying as students at the residence of Sandipani Muni, the two brothers—Krishna and Balarama— and their friend, Sudama, mastered every single lesson, although only having been instructed in each once. Upon the rapid completion of their studies, they persuaded their teacher to ask for the preceptor’s daksina (his fee for providing instruction) of his own choosing. Sandipani asked for the restoration of his child, who had disappeared in the ocean at Prabhasa (on the Western Coast Gujarat state of India, close to Somnath temple). The two brothers traveled to Prabhasa and found that the son had been snatched away by a being named Sankhasura. He lived under the waters in the shape of a conch. Not finding the son within the conch, Sri Krishna and Balarama took the conch and went to Yama (who is also likely associated with Bootes), and blew the conch. Yama worshiped both of them saying, ‘O Visnu (One Who Pervades the Universe), disguised as a human being by way of Lila (play), what can we do for you both?’ Krishna replied: ‘Impelled by My command, O great ruler, fetch my guru’s son, who was brought here as a result of his own karma.’ Being brought back to life, they returned Sandipani’s son. It was thus in the process of rescuing his guru’s disciple from the clutches of Death-personified (Yama) that Sri Krishna acquired his famous conch, Panca-Jana, from Sankhasura.
Uluka or Ulook was the son of the King of Gandhara, Shakuni and Arshi in the Mahabharata. Before the Pandavas come back from their anonymity he wanted to take Shakuni back to Gandhara but Shakuni refused and stayed in Hastinapura to bring the war of Mahabharata. He was killed by Sahadev in the Kurukshetra war. He was sent by the Kaurava prince Duryodhan to the Pandav camp the day before the great war of Kurukshetra started, to insult all the warriors supporting the Pandavas. Having listened to Uluka’s words, Yudhishthira, the son of Kunti, moved his army headed by Dhrishtadyumna and others.
Ekalavya worked as an archer of King Jarasandha. When Jarasandha planned to besiege Mathura, he was aided by Eklavya who was a skillful archer. Eklavya also helped Jarasandha and Shishupala by chasing Rukmini while she eloped with Krishna. After Jarasandha’s demise, Ekalavya sought to avenge him by campaigning to destroy Kuntibhoja and every Yadava in Dwarka. During the attack, he was slayed by Krishna. According to some legends Eklavya survived his battle against the yadavas and somehow reached the court of Duryodhan and was greeted by the prince. He is also said to have made Eklavya the king of all forests in hastinapur. Eklavya became a close friend of the crown prince. He was killed by Krishna who broke his skull from a rock when he tried to kill his son Samba under the order of Duryodhan.