Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna and Draupadi | Mahavidya
Long before Pandavas were into the picture, Draupadi sought Krishna. Draupadi would always consider Krishna for advice and help. Draupadi and Arjun: Of the five Pandavas, Draupadi used to favour Arjun the most. Their relation with Draupadi was dictated by Yudhisthir. advice. March 19, I simply hope to show you that I am new to blogging. Draupadi is the most important female character in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. According to the epic, she is the daughter of Drupada, King of Panchala. Draupadi is considered as one of the Panchakanyas or Five Virgins. Contents. 1 Etymology; 2 Birth; 3 Marriage; 4 Draupadi as the Empress . When Draupadi arrives with the five Pandavas to meet Kunti, they inform her.
Duryodhana felt extremely insulted that Draupadi and her maids saw his embarrassing predicament. Draupadi joked Andhasya Putra Andhaha meaning 'a blind man's son is blind'. This famous story does not feature in Veda Vyasa's Mahabharatha. The story of 'blind man's son is blind' was the figment of imagination of much later playwright.
It gained immense popularity gradually, and was repeatedly depicted in various adaptations of the epic across the length and breadth of the country. The most popular depiction was by B. Chopra in his masterpiece Mahabharata series that aired on Doordarshan in We find several references to blindness of the characters by eminent playwright Dharmveer Bharti, in his famous play 'Andha Yuga'.
The play was published inin Hindi weekly magazine, Dharma Yuga. In Vyasa's Sanskrit epic, the scene is quite different. In the Sanskrit epic, Draupadi is not mentioned in the scene at all, either laughing or insulting Duryodhana. Nonetheless, Duryodhana felt insulted by the behavior of the four Pandavas, stoking his hatred of them.
Later on, he went back to Hastinapur, and expressed his immense agony on witnessing the riches of the Pandavas to his blind father, which was the root cause for inviting his cousins for the dice-game. His main wish was to usurp the wealth of his cousins which they had accumulated on account of the Rajasuya Yajna. Known to few, during this conversation, Duryodhan mentions how he had observed Draupadi serving food to everyone, including physically challenged citizens as the Empress.
He says to his father,"And, O king, Yajnaseni, without having eaten herself, daily seeth whether everybody, including even the deformed and the dwarfs, hath eaten or not. It is here, where he fleetingly mentioned Draupadi's name, who accordingly to Duryodhan, had "joined in the laughter with other females. This laughter of Draupadi's was later on singled out and romanticized by various poets and bards for years as a symbolic cause for the dice-game, and eventually the war.
In Vyasa's Sanskrit epic, Draupadi's role in insulting Duryodhana is trivial compared to the exaggerated treatment it has received in popular adaptations. This key incident is often considered to mark a definitive moment in the story of Mahabharata. It is one of the driving reasons that ultimately led to the Kurukshetra war. Together with his maternal uncle ShakuniDuryodhana conspired to call on the Pandavas to Hastinapur and win their kingdoms in a game of gambling. There is a famous folklore that the plan's architect, Shakuni had magic dice that would never disobey his will, as they were made from the bones of Shakuni's father.
This story however is non-existent in the Sanskrit epic. As the game proceeds, Yudhishthira loses everything at first. In the second round, Yudhishthira's brother Nakula is stake, and Yudhishthira loses him. Yudhisthira subsequently gambles away Sahdev, Arjuna and Bheem. Finally, Yudhishthira puts himself at stake, and loses again.
For Duryodhana, the humiliation of the Pandavas was not complete. He prods Yudhishthira that he has not lost everything yet; Yudhishthira still has Draupadi with him and if he wishes he can win everything back by putting Draupadi at stake. Inebriated by the game, Yudhishthira, to the horror of everybody present, puts Draupadi up as a bet for the next round.
Playing the next round, Shakuni wins. Draupadi was horrified after hearing that she was staked in the game and now is a slave for Duryodhana. Draupadi questions Yudhishthira's right on her as he had lost himself first and she was still the queen. Duryodhana, angry with Draupadi's questions, commands his younger brother Dushasana to bring her into the court, forcefully if he must. Dushasana drags Draupadi to the court by the hair. Seeing this, Bheem pledges to remove Dushasana's hands, as they touched Draupadi's hair.
Now in an emotional appeal to the elders present in the forum, Draupadi repeatedly questions the legality of the right of Yudhishthira to place her at stake. In order to provoke the Pandavas further, Duryodhana bares and pats his thigh looking into Draupadi's eyes, implying that she should sit on his thigh. In rage Bhima vows in front of the entire assembly that he would break that thigh of Duryodhana, or accept being Duryodhana's slave for seven lifetimes.
At this time Vikarnaa brother of Duryodhana asks the kings assembled in the court to answer the question of Draupadi. He gives his opinion that Draupadi is not won rightfully as Yudhishthira lost himself first before staking her. Besides, no one has right to put a woman on bet according to shastras; not a husband, father, or even the gods.
Hearing these words, Karna gets angry and says that when Yudhishthira lost all his possession he also lost Draupadi, even specifically staking her. He orders Dushasana to take away the rich garments of Pandavas and Draupadi. A miracle occurs henceforward, which is popularly attributed to Krishna. Dushasana unwraps layers and layers of her sari.
As her sari keeps getting extended, everyone looks upon in awe, and Dushasana himself is forced to stop due to exhaustion. This vow unsettles the entire court. The only Kauravas who object to the disrobing of Draupadi in the court are Vikarna and Vidura. Vidura openly calls Duryodhana a snake and a demon, but after finding no support even from his own brother, Vidura is helpless. Karna further orders Dushasana to take Draupadi to the servants' quarters and derisively asks her to choose another husband who unlike Yudhistira would not gamble her away.
Just then, jackals call out as a mark of evil omen. Drupadi refused to abandon her husbands and indeed, for the second time she was the one who rescued them from a hopeless situation.
After her marriage and after the gambling match, it was Drupadi who helped Pandavas regain their lost rights. Of all the wives of Pandavas, Drupadi was the only one who chose to share their 13 year exile with them.
Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna and Draupadi
Drupadi worked hard to please her husbands and her mother-in-law. She also worked hard as an empress and made sure the palace ran like clockwork.
Even during their exile in the jungle, where she had fewer maids and servants to contend with, Drupadi was in charge of feeding several hundred brahmins per day. Taking her duty very seriously, she made sure everyone — including the servants — were fed first before taking her meal.
Such attention to detail and leadership charmed all those who met her. Despite all this, Draupadi suffered more than most. She had to suffer the questions of society by marriage to five men!!!!! People found this endlessly intriguing and she was asked about this by all and sundry. Sometimes as a joke, sometimes as a question, sometimes as a shock response, sometimes as a surprise, rarely as a genuine enquiry into how she felt.
She had to suffer the myriad restrictions of being a wife of the Eldest Pandava. There were times when she would have wanted to tell Duryodhan to shut up, but as the eldest daughter-in-law, she had to behave like the eldest in the family without all the respect that was due to her.
She had to suffer the idiosyncrasies of all her five husbands. Despite all her efforts to be fair to all her husbands, Yudhisthir still felt short changed!
Though she could do nothing about it, her beauty was blamed for attracting men like Duryodhan, Kichak and Jyadratha.
Secrets of Draupadi and Pandavas relation | Fusion – WeRIndia
Though she was born a princess, had five husbands from one the most illustrious Indian royal families, had five warrior sons, had relatives in countless royal families, Draupadi suffered the public humiliation in Kuru court. She suffered 13 years of exile from all comforts of life. She had to wait on a queen who was far less accomplished than herself just to stay hidden.
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She was dragged into Kuru court and insulted in ways even slaves were not subjected to. She lost her father, brothers, sons, and countless other relatives she dearly loved in a terrible battle that many blamed on her. Draupadi had to tread carefully between many boundaries. This is one of the reasons why women were usually kept away in seclusion and safety, a practice that eventually led to the throttling of women rights. But polygamy had benefits too - sharing a wife assured sharing of property and no division of the land.
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In temples,one does see gods with many wives: This is either accepted matter-of-factly or explained using metaphysics. But there are no images of the Goddess with multiple husbands. Usually her doorkeepers, such as Kala Bhairav and Gora Bhairava, are described as her sons or servants.
The idea of the Goddess with more than one husband is unacceptable. Even suggesting it is blasphemous. Draupadi with her five husbands and an entire epic revolving around her stirs the imagination - makes us think of things that we otherwise dare not think. How did she rate her husbands? Did she have preferences?
Nakula was the handsomest but Bhima was the most passionate and Arjuna,he was skilled but insecure. Women writers who write on Draupadi flirt with the possibilities but only at a psychological level. The novel was chosen for a Sahitya Akademi award. Not surprisingly this has led to outrage and protests calling for the book to be banned.
The RSS newspaper,Organiser,said that the author had taken undue licence with Draupadi's character and was guilty of "semi porn and derision". One hears of co-wives fighting over their husband's affection.
Did the husbands fight over Draupadi? The epic does not explicitly discuss this,but the possibility of jealously tearing the brothers apart is repeatedly alluded to. The sage Narada warns the Pandava brothers of conflict that can destroy their bond.