HinduNet
  
Forums Chat Annouce Calender Remote
Great Personalities
Chanakya Bahubali
Nandalal Bose Keshava Baliram Hedgewar
Jijabai Lava-Kusha
Vidura Dadheechi
Veer Abhimanyu Karna
Dhondo Keshava Karve Savithri
Ekalavya Bhagiratha
Dr.M.Visvesvaraya Draupadi
Dr. Ananda K.Coomaraswamy Sister Nivedita
Madhanlal Dhingra Bhishma
Raja Rammohan Roy Rammanohar Lohia
Lakshmana Madana Mohana Malaviya
Major Sections
Biographies of Great Indians & Hindus
* Freedom Fighters
* Great Kings
* Gods & Goddesses
* Sages,Rushis & Saints
* Scientists & Philosophers
* Great  Devotees
* Great Poets
* Great Leaders
* Great Personalities

DRAUPADI

Challenge to Archers

It was long long ago. There was a kingdom called Panchala. Drupada was the king. For many years he had no children. So, to get children he performed ‘tapas’; that is, day and night he thought only of God and prayed to Him. God blessed him, and two children were born. The first was a son, called Dhrishtadyumna, and the second, a daughter called Draupadi.

Draupadi was as good as she was beautiful. When she grew up, she charmed everyone with her soft words and sweet conduct. Her father wanted her to marry the most heroic prince. So Draupada arranged a "Swayamvara’. (That was a method by which a princess cold herself choose her husband.) Invitations were sent out to kings and princes of all countries, far and near. The palace was bedecked with sparkling diamonds and other precious tones.

It was the Swayamvara of Draupadi, the princess of unequalled beauty; her wedding by her own choice. Naturally kings and princes gathered in their hundreds, each eager to marry the princess.

Now, how to find out who among them was the most heroic and valiant? ‘Let it be decided in this assembly,’ thought King Draupada and arranged a contest. At the center of the hall a mechanical device was erected; on it was placed a revolving object in the shape of a fish. The reflection of this revolving fish could be seen in the water below. A very heavy bow was kept nearby. Any one who desired the hand of Draupadi in marriage had to lift that huge bow, bend it and tie the bowstring; then, looking at the reflection, he had to take aim with five arrows and bring down the rotating fish. Such a one would be a hero worthy of Draupadi’s hand. Many of the assembled kings retreated, as soon as they heard of this contest. Of those who came forward to try their hand, some could not even lift the heavy bow. The hundreds of princes who had come to marry Draped were all beaten.

"Is there no hero here to wed my daughter?" the worried Draupada asked.

Then stood up one who was seated among the Brahmins in that assembly. The whole gathering burst into laughter at this. A bow that had humbled so many princes and kings, would it bend in a Brahmin’s hands? A Brahmin could eat his fill at the royal banquet after the marriage, and be happy with the gifts and money. But why these mad adventure? Everyone thought it a big joke.

But lo and behold! The man walked boldly towards the bow and saluted it. And he lifted it easily as if it was light like a straw! He twanged the bow-string and aimed five arrows. Looking down at the water, he shot an arrow – and down came the revolving fish!

At once the bands struck. And Draupadi garlanded the hero.

Back ] Up ] Next ]

Draupadi- The Wife Of The Great Pandavas !
About Draupadi
Introduction
You are Here! Challenge To Archers
Who Was The Brahmin?
Queen Of The Pandavas
The Great Stake
Draupadi's Only Shield -   God's Grace
'Only After You Are Punished...'
The Pandavas In The Forest
'We Are In The Jaws Of Death'
The Vile Jayadratha
Once Again In Danger
Keechaka Is Killed
'Krishna, Let There Be War'
A Vow Fulfilled
Sorrow Follows Sorrow
To Heaven
Such Beauty ! And Such Suffering!
The Unforgettable Heroine
This site is part of Dharma Universe LLC websites.
Copyrighted 2009-2014, Dharma Universe.