In the Shastras, Mahabharat is also known as the fifth Veda. The writer of this epic is Ved Vyas. When it comes to Mahabharat, there are many things in this scripture that are neither told to anyone and also people have not paid any attention to it. This epic is filled with innumerable interesting facts. Today we will tell you the interesting facts about the Draupadi that you would have never heard or thought of.
Draupadi needs no introduction. She was the mysterious, fiery yet compassionate queen of the five Pandava brothers, and is also considered as the sole reason behind the great Mahabharat war. But do you know that Draupadi symbolizes binding of the five chakras in the human body? She has thus referred as Kula Kundalini, which resides in the spinal cord of the humans. Take a look at some more mystifying facts about Draupadi
Draupadi is also referred to as Panchali, one from the kingdom of Panchala; Yajnaseni, one born from a Yajna; Mahabhaaratii, great wife of the five descendants of Bharata and Sairandhri.
Draupadi would have had 14 husbands instead of five. Draupadi asked Lord Shiva for a husband with 14 qualities in her previous birth. Lord Shiva granted her a boon but as no man could possess all the qualities, he told her she will be the wife of five men who collectively possess all the qualities. Draupadi had asked Lord Shiva to bless her with a husband who had five of the best qualities a man can have: dharma, strength, archery skills, good looks, patience etc.
Draupadi was a fearless woman. She demanded justice directly from Dhritarashtra, the king of Hastinapur when she was insulted. She, as Sairandhri, again demanded justice directly from king Virata when she was insulted by his brother-in-law Kichaka. She openly condemned those kings (Virata and Dhritarashtra) for failing to protect a woman. She even condemned great warriors such as Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya and her husbands for not saving her from the humiliation during the Cheer-Haran.
Draupadi never had a childhood. Draupadi’s father Drupada, king of Panchala, creates her with the sole purpose of destroying the Kuru household that patronized Drona, who used his students, the Pandavas, and the Kauravas, to conquer and then divide Panchala. Thus, Draupadi is born an adult, with no appreciation of childhood or parenting. Draupadi is raised in hatred, designed for destroying a family.
Draupadi didn’t trust her husbands. She screams vengeance but doubts if her five husbands will avenge her insult. She has reason to doubt them. They do not kill Jayadhrata, the husband of her sister-in-law, even though he drags her out of her house onto his chariot determined to make her his concubine. They hesitate to kill Kichaka for fear of making their secret identities public when he abuses her in the final year of their exile.
Draupadi’s vessel was like Lakshmi’s “Akshaya Patra“, always full of food. Across India, the term “Draupadi’s vessel” means a kitchen that is overflowing with the best of foods. Such a kitchen is the mark of a good homemaker.
There is also an interesting story of Durvasa saving Draupadi from the Cheer-Haran. Shiva Purana attributes her miraculous rescue to a boon granted by Durvasa. The story goes that the sage’s loincloth was once carried away by the Ganges. Draupadi quickly tore a piece of her garment to cover him. The sage granted her a boon, which caused an unending stream of cloth to cover her when Dushasan was trying to strip her.
According to Narad Purana and Vayu Purana, Draupadi is the composite avatar of Goddess Shyamala, wife of Dharma; Bharati, wife of Vayu; Shachi, wife of Indra; Usha, wife of Ashwins and Parvati, wife of Shiva. In earlier avatars, she was born as Vedavati, who cursed Raavan. She then took birth as Sita, the cause of Ravana’s death. Her third incarnation was partial either Damayanti or her daughter Nalayani. The fifth avatar was Draupadi herself.
When Draupadi agreed to be the common wife, her condition was that she would share her household with no other woman. In other words, disregarding popular practice of the times, the Pandavas could not bring their other wives to Indraprastha. Arjuna, however, succeeded in bringing one wife in. She was Krishna’s sister, Subhadra.
Draupadi cursed the Dogs. Pandavas had agreed that only one brother must enter Draupadi’s chamber at a time and during that time no other Pandava must enter her chamber. The brother who entered her chamber was to keep his shoes outside the door. The violation of this condition had a strict penalty, the offender was to leave immediately for year-long exile. One day when Yudhishthira was in Draupadi’s chamber, a dog stole his shoes from outside the door. Arjuna, unaware of this, entered the chamber and saw his elder brother with Draupadi. According to the agreement, Arjuna had to leave for the exile. Embarrassed, Draupadi became furious with the dog that had stolen Yudhishthira’s shoe, thereby cursing all dogs“All the world will see you copulate in public, stripped of all shame.”
Blessed to be a virgin. Before she moved to the next husband, Draupadi walks through fire to regain her virginity and purity. Such rules were never placed before polygamous husbands. All the Pandavas had other wives but these wives stayed with their parents and the Pandavas had to travel out of the city to visit their other wives in the four years that Draupadi is intimate with the other brothers.
Krishna was Draupadi’s only friend. Draupadi always considered Lord Krishna as her Sakha and Krishna addressed her as Sakhi, this is emblematic of the spiritual love existing between the livid Draupadi and Krishna. Draupadi told Krishna that he should protect her forever because four reasons. First that he is her relative, second that being born in Agnikund, she is gauravshali, third that she is his love and forth that she has her right on him. The only true friend, who validated her persona and came to her rescue each time she found herself in dire circumstances, was Krishna, whose divine presence she experienced constantly in her life.
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