Kripacharya was the Kul Guru (chief priest) at the court of Hastinapur. He was the son of Sharadwaan and Janapadi. His sister Kripi married Acharya Drona.

He fought in the war of Kurukshetra in side of Kauravas. Later on he was appointed as the teacher and Kind Parikshit, the grandson of Arjun.

Kripacharya is one of the seven chiranjeevis : Aswathama, Bali, Ved Vyas, Hanuman, Vibhishan, Kripacharya and Parashuram.

The seven immortals state truth, law and standards of ethical behavior.