Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #9: The Origin of the Word “Ghatothkacha”

by Vinaya HS on June 18, 2007

in Spirituality

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Namaskara,

Today we will learn the meaning of the word Ghatothkacha.

“Ghato ayam Uthkachoyam.”

When he was born there was not a single hair on his head. He was as bald as a pot (ghata). In the next second, there was a lot of hair (Uthkachoyam). So initially it was as bald as a pot then there was a lot. Hence the name Ghatothkacha.

You must all know that Ghatothkacha was the son of Bheemasena Deva and Hidimba. In the Kurukshetra war he fought bravely and died after Karna used the Narayana Astra (weapon) agains him. He had got this astra as a boon from Lord Indra (in exchange for Kavacha and Kundala) to kill Arjuna. Since Ghatothkacha was creating a lot of havoc in the battlefield, Duryodhana forced Karna to use this weapon (it could be used only once).

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Naham Kartha Harih Kartha

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