38 Facts About Draupadi


Draupadi's is noted for her beauty, courage, and a rare polyandrous marriage.

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In Mahabharata, Draupadi and her brother, Dhrishtadyumna, were born from a yajna organized by King Drupada of Panchala.

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Draupadi's had five sons, one from each Pandava, who were collectively addressed as the Upapandavas.

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Draupadi's story has been an inspiration for various arts, performances and secondary literature.

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Story of Draupadi is told in the great indian script Mahabharata, one of the Sanskrit epics from the Indian subcontinent.

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News of Draupadi's svayamvara spread far and wide, and numerous princes, as well as the general public including brahmanas, began proceeding towards Panchala.

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Some renditions show Draupadi refusing to marry Karna on account of being a Suta, while some other versions describe him failing to string the bow by the "breadth of a hair".

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Arjuna and Bhima together protect Draupadi by defeating all attendees and are able to retreat.

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Draupadi's tells Arjuna that the find must be shared with his brothers, as they had always shared such things in the past.

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The brothers agreed that none should intrude if Draupadi was alone with one of the others, the penalty for doing so being 12 years to be spent in exile.

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Later Draupadi becomes a mother of five sons, one son each from the Pandava brothers.

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Draupadi was trained in economy and was responsible for the treasury of the Empire.

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Draupadi then went on to express his wrath at having fallen into a pool of water and being laughed at mockingly, mainly by Bhima, followed by Arjun, Nakul, Sahadeva and other menials in the palace.

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Draupadi's laughter went on to be singled out and romanticized by writers for centuries as a cause for the dice-game, and the war.

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Draupadi was horrified after hearing that she was staked in the game and now is a slave for Duryodhana.

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Draupadi gives his opinion that Draupadi is not won rightfully as Yudhishthira lost himself first before staking her.

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Draupadi then instructs Dushasana to remove the garments of Draupadi.

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Draupadi asks that her husband Yudishthira be freed from bondage so her son Prativindhya would not be called a slave.

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Draupadi gave the vessel to Krishna and he ate a single grain of rice left in it.

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In some versions of the story, Yudhishthira asks Draupadi to pass the sentence since it was she who was attacked, and she begrudgingly counsels to spare him because of the relations they share.

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Draupadi became the maid of Sudeshna, queen of Matsya, and served her.

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Draupadi was filled with lust by looking at her and requested her hand in marriage.

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Draupadi refused him, saying that she was already married to Gandharvas.

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Draupadi's warned Kichaka that her husbands were very strong and that he would not be able to escape death at their hands.

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Sudeshna ordered Draupadi to fetch wine from Kichaka's house, overriding Draupadi's protests.

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Draupadi then cursed Kichaka with death by her husband's hand.

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Draupadi meets with Kichaka, pretending to actually love him and agreeing to marry him on the condition that none of his friends or brothers would know about their relationship.

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Draupadi asked Kichaka to come to the dancing hall at night.

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Draupadi called the members of Kichaka's family and showed them the mutilated body of Kichaka.

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Alf Hiltebeitel in his acclaimed research work, "The Cult of Draupadi" explores the source of this myth as he travels through the rural areas of India.

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Draupadi discovers that the first literary mention of the blood-washing theme appeared in "Venisamhara" or "Braiding The Hair ", a Sanskrit play written in the Pallava period by eminent playwright Bhatta Narayana.

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Draupadi gives the jewel to Yudhishthira and forgives the killer of her children.

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Draupadi's obtains the fruit of that conduct today, O best of men.

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In Sanskrit Mahabharata, Draupadi is described as the incarnation of different goddesses.

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At the ancient religious festival of Bengaluru Pete named Bangalore Karaga, Draupadi is worshipped as an incarnation of Adishakti and Parvati in the nine-day event.

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In Buddhism, Krsna Draupadi is presented in the Mahavastu and the Lalitavistara as one among eight goddesses who reside in the western cardinal direction.

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In Digambara Jain scriptures like Harivamsa Purana, polyandry of Draupadi has been rejected and it is suggested that she was married only to Arjuna.

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Story of Draupadi is one of the central topics of Yakshagana, a traditional dance-play practised in Karnataka and Terukkuttu, a Tamil street theatre form practised in Tamil Nadu state of India and Tamil-speaking regions of Sri Lanka.

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