Draupadi, a name of Indian history i.e full of tragedies. A woman, who sacrifices a lot for the name of society’s rules. Here we are sharing some interesting facts about her life.
Her personality was one of lightning and thunder. This unforgettable heroine was in no way less than Bheem or Arjun in strength and spirit, valour and virtue. Her story is a saga of suffering and disgrace but she took everything in her stride and vanquished each one of the perpetrators of her humiliation and agony.
Draupadi is one of the Panchakanyas:-Panchakanyas, also known as five virgins, are the one who owns virginity and has the ability to regain it.
The panchakanya shloka:
ahalyā draupadī kunti tārā mandodarī tathā ।
pañcakanyāḥ smarennityaṃ mahāpātakanāśinīm ॥
Known as Kala Kundalini
Draupadi symbolizes binding of the five chakras in the human body. She is thus referred as Kala Kundalini, which resides in the spinal cord of the humans. Draupadi wanted husband with 14 qualities and how she became one of the Panchakanyas
Draupadi’s various avatars
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 Raavana’s death. Her third incarnation was partial either Damayanti or her daughter Nalayani. The fifth avatar was Draupadi herself.
Draupadi didn’t believe in suffering in silence
Rare in the culture of ancient times, 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 a Cheer-Haran episode.
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.
A Story Of Karna
According to many folk tales, Draupadi was secretly in love with Karna. She admits to Krishna that she had a soft corner for him. Folklore states that Krishna had sent the perfect husband for her (Karna) – one who would love and protect her all her life and be faithful to her. But she rejected him because of his apparent low birth. So she ended up marrying a man who shared her with his brothers and failed to protect her when she needed him the most.
Bheema Love For Her
Of all the Pandavas, Bheema loved Draupadi the most and it was Bhima who protected her every single time.
SheWas Not Part Of Dice Game
Draupadi did not attend the infamous dice game where the Pandavas gambled away their kingdom and all their earthly possessions to the Kauravas, and this was the only time in the epic when the Pandavas took decisions alone – without their mother (Kunti), wife (Draupadi) or a friend (Krishna).
In Tamil Tradition
In Tamil tradition, Draupadi is considered a Goddess and one “Muttal Ravuttan” is her loyal guard and gatekeeper. He is said to be a king whose daughter married Yudhistira. It was well known that Draupadi would not let any of the other wives of the Pandavas stay in the palace. Muttal actually offered to become Draupadi’s servant for all eternity just to ensure that his daughter would be an exception to Draupadi’s rule.