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DRAUPADI

Such Beauty ! And Such Suffering !

Draupadi herself once said to Krishna – "I am the daughter of King Draupada and sister to Dhristadyumna, I am your dear companion, King Pandu’s daughter-in-law and the crowned queen of the five Pandavas; I am also the mother of the heroic Upa – Pandavas; and yet what insult have I had to bear!" These words sum up her entire, pitiful story. A woman who had no equal in beauty and grandeur, had always to tread the path of trouble and insult.

It is often said that woman is weak and helpless. But when the Pandavas had lost their kingdom and Dhritarashtra granted her a boon, Draupadi got the kingdom back for her husbands. When Yudhishthira lost her at dice, Draupadi boldly asked – "Did he lose himself first or me? If he staked himself first and lost, had he authority over me?" No one in that full royal court, not even great scholars, could answer her.

Once provoked, Draupadi became the symbol of woman’s strength and power. She rebuked the court – "When Drona and Bheeshma and others also sit dumb like this, this is no court." She vowed that she would plait her hair only after Dusshasana was killed. She cursed Duryodhana and his brothers. When Keechaka teased her, Yudhishthira tried to pacify her. But she fanned the fire of Bheema’s anger, and burnt Keechaka in it.

After twelve years of life in the forest and one year in disguise, Yudhishthira said, "Let there be no war which kills elders and relations and thousands of others. If Duryodhana gives just five villages, it is enough." Even Bheema was soft. But Draupadi spoke words of file – "If you people do no fight I will make my father, brother, Abhimanyu and the Upa- Pandavas fight with the Kauravas." She tied up her hair only after Dusshasana lay in blood.

But this fiery heroine was not without kindness and affection. She was insulted, taunted and driven to the forest by the sons of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari. When, Dusshasana pulled at her saree, Dhritarashtra and Gandhari would not help her. But after the War of Mahabharata, Draupadi looked after Gandhari with respect and affection; she treated her in the same way as she treated Kunthi.

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Draupadi- The Wife Of The Great Pandavas !
About Draupadi
Introduction
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
You are Here! Such Beauty ! And Such Suffering!
The Unforgettable Heroine
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