From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dhaumya is one of the important sages mentioned in the Mahābhārata. He was the

  • Son of Vyāghrapāda
  • Teacher of another well-known sage Upamanyu.[1]
  • Royal royal priest of the Pāṇḍavas and thus played many roles in their life

He is credited with being the

  • Chief priest during the marriage of Draupadi to the five Pāṇḍavas
  • Principal priest for the Rājasuya sacrifice performed by the Pāṇḍavas at Indraprastha
  • Performing the coronation ceremony of Yudhiṣṭhira after his victory in the Kurukṣetra war.

He accompanied the Pāṇḍavas when they were banished to the forest and taught Yudhiṣṭhira how to please the Sun god and obtain the aksayapātra [2] from him. When the Pāṇḍavas lived incognito in the kingdom of Virāta, he protected their Vedic fires.


  1. Upamanyu sage was a great devotee of Śiva.
  2. divine vessel of food known
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore