Duryodhana discreetly drew Dronacharya’s attention to the meticulously arranged military formation of the Pandava army, under the command of their formidable leader, Dhristadyumna, who happened to be King Drupad’s son and, notably, one of Dronacharya’s former students. This subtle gesture served as a reminder of a historical incident involving Dronacharya’s past error.
Years prior, Dronacharya, alongside the Pandavas, had engaged in a victorious battle against King Drupad, securing half of his kingdom as their prize. In retaliation, King Drupad had conducted a sacrificial ritual, leading to the birth of Dhristadyumna. The boon granted to Dhristadyumna by this ritual was a solemn vow to avenge his father’s humiliation by eventually slaying Dronacharya. Despite being well aware of this prophecy, when approached to train Dhristadyumna in the art of warfare, Dronacharya had humbly accepted the responsibility, imparting his knowledge impartially to his young pupil.
Duryodhana’s unspoken message to Dronacharya was a subtle yet poignant one: that, although Dhristadyumna was his pupil, he was also the son of Drupad, bound by a powerful destiny to end Dronacharya’s life. Duryodhana aimed to ensure that Dronacharya would not, as he had done in the past, become lenient or complacent in his approach to training his pupils, especially given the high-stakes battlefield they now found themselves on.