Story when Ekalavya cut his trump as Guru Dakshina for Guru Dronacharya

One day when Drona and his students were going out into the forest, Arjuna saw a dog that was unable to bark due to an amazing construction of arrows in and all around his mouth. This construction was harmless to the dog, but prevented the dog from barking. Drona was amazed, but also distressed as he had promised Arjuna that he would make him the greatest archer in the world. Drona and his students investigated, and came upon Ekalavya. Upon seeing Drona, Ekalavya came and bowed to him. Drona asked Ekalavya where he had learnt archery. Ekalavya replied “under you, Guruji”, and showed Drona his statue while explaining what he had done. Drona then reminded Ekalavya that to truly be Drona’s pupil, Ekalavya would have to pay guru dakshina. Readily, Ekalavya offers to do anything for Drona. Drona stoically asks for the thumb from Ekalavya’s right hand. Hesitant at first, Eklavya asks for Drona to confirm the command; Drona harshly does so. Happy and Smiling, Ekalavya cuts off the thumb and present it as gurudakshina to dronacharya.

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