The Ring must fit the Finger

Drona, a brahmin versed in archery, was friend of the Panchala prince Drupada.

In boyish banter, Drupada promised Drona, an austere man, half of Panchala.

Drona married the sister of another friend, Kripa.

His wife beget a son, the hero, Ashwatthama.

Not one to gather earthly riches, Drona sought wealth.

His son’s future required wealth to add to his health.

Giving away his riches, was Parasurama former guru to Karna.

He went to Parasurama, alas he was late, the unlucky Drona.

“My earthly wealth is gone but within resides martial wealth”, said Parasurama.

As restitution, he taught the military arts and birthed a vidhuan in Drona.

Ascended the Panchala throne, Drupada.

To him went the Master of War, old friend Drona.

For promised half the kingdom did the princeling, now king

Drona came to redeem; he produced their friendship ring.

Drupada denied his friend and promise, for on the throne sat new arrogance.

Drona, in shame carried the repudiation and insult as standards for vengeance.

He travelled to Hastinapura and met the Grandsire Bhishma.

Became guru to the houses of the Kaurava and Pandava.

His student, Arjuna, defeated Drupada who handed over half of Panchala.

The defeated and humiliated king held a deep hatred for Drona, the brahmana.

Drupada sought children to avenge him, conducted a yagna

Out of the fire were born twins Draupadi and Dhrishtadyumna.

Drona died in Kurukshetra by Drupada’s son, Dhrishtadyumna.

Draupadi married the Pandavas five, including Arjuna.

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