The story of Dronacharya’s birth is related dramatically to the Mahabharata. Bharadwaja Rishi went with his companions to the Ganga River to perform his ablutions. There he was beheld by the beauty of a beautiful apsara named Ghritachi who had come to bathe. The sage was overcome by desire, causing him to produce semen involuntarily out of excitement. Bharadwaja Muni captured the semen in a vessel called a Dronacharya, and Dronacharya himself sprang from the semen thus preserved and is the only recorded mythical human being who was created without a female egg.