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What curse did Krishna give to Ashwathama?

What curse did Krishna give to Ashwathama?

While Krishna was able to bring Uttara’s child back to life, he cursed Ashwatthama for his crimes and said that he will have to live till the end of time in the poorest state possible.

Was Ashwathama an incarnation of Lord Shiva?

Therefore, pleased by Guru Dronacharya’s devotion, Lord Shiva took birth as Ashwatthama, an able warrior who played a pivotal role in the Mahabharata. This form of Lord Shiva appeared to calm Lord Narasimha after the latter killed demon Hiranyakashipu. The Sharabha avatar is one of its kind.

Why does Shiva help Ashwathama?

He cried like a horse at the time of his birth so he was called Ashwathama meaning “sacred voice of a horse”. It is said that highly impressed by his parents’ prayers, Lord Shiva made him so invincible that even by gods like Lord Krishna himself couldn’t kill him.

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How was Ashwathama punished?

Ashwathama lost all his splendour. The ropes that bound him were removed and he was allowed to go. According to the law of the times, shaving off the tuft, seizure of property and expulsion from the land was akin to capital punishment.

Can we worship Ashwathama?

Ashwatthama still comes to worship in this temple, fresh flowers are found in the morning. There are many temples around the world which are famous for their miracles. It is said that Ashwaththama, the immortal character of the Mahabharata period, comes here to worship and bring flowers to the Goddess.

Why did Lord Krishna ask Ashwatthama to surrender his mani (gem)?

Ashwathama had a Mani (gem) since his birth in his forehead which used to protect him from the fear of any snakes, ghosts, demigods and demons. Lord Sri Krishna asked Ashwatthama to surrender this Mani (gem) & took it from him.

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Why is Ashwathama called the incarnation of Shiva?

Ashwathama is said to be the part incarnate of Lord Shiva. Since he was born Chiranjivi, it is virtually impossible for anyone to kill or defeat him. He was born with a gem (mani) on his forehead which makes him powerful than all the living beings lower than humans. It also protects him from hunger, thirst, and fatigue.

What is Ashwathama’s curse?

Ashwathama was cursed to roam the world for 3000 years as an unloved castaway. Another version, says he was cursed to remain alive and even death would not come near him till the end of Kaliyuga.

Why are Chiranjivins worshippers of Ashwathama?

These Chiranjivins are worshipped along with 11 adityas, 8 vasus and Ganeshji before observing any Paath, Anushthaan, Religious austerities. Ashwathama was not an avatar of lord shiva, he was a shivansh, the ansh of shiva, just like lord hanuman or Lohitang.