Biographies | Women
1. Who was Draupadee, Her Birth and Her Marriage to Five Paandav
Draupadee as Queen-2:
Duryodhan's Plans-Dice Game
Duryodhan went to his father and asked him to invite Paandav for a Chausar. Dhritraashtra understood his mischief. He tried to stop him from playing this mischief but Duryodhan threatened him with his own life, so he had to agree for that. He sent Vidur Jee to Indraprasth to invite Paandav for Chausar.
Vidur Jee arrived in Indraprasth and delivered the message of Dhritraashtra to Paandav. Paandav guessed from Vidur Jee's tone that they should not accept this invitation, but Dharm Raaj Yudhishthir said - "We cannot say "No" to this. One: we are Kshatriya and Kshatriya's Dharm is to play Chausar; two: our great uncle (elder uncle) has invited us, so we cannot say "no" to him. We will go there, so get ready to go to Hastinaapur. We all will go there." And so all went to Hastinaapur. Once again Hastinaapur echoed with the hustle ad bustle of Kaurav and Paandav.
Paandav Lose the First Game
In a short time Yudhishthir lost his kingdom, his jewelry, his royal treasury, then his brothers, himself, and on top of that, in the last, Draupadee too. Duryodhan was looking for this opportunity only. He asked a servant to bring Draupadee in the royal court. He said - "Since Yudhishthir has lost everything, Draupadee will now be living in my palace with my maids. I want to see how does she look like to whom I have won in the game."
The messenger went in the palace chambers of Draupadee and told the message of Duryodhan. But Draupadee refused to go to the court. She asked - "First I want to know that whether the King had lost himself before he lost me, or after he lost me?" Messenger came back with this question, Duryodhan said - "Just ask her to come here, her all questions will be answered here." So the messenger went again and told her that her all questions would be answered in the gathering. Still she didn't come there. Duryodhan could not tolerate this insult and asked Dushaasan to bring her there, and if she doesn't come with her own will, bring her by dragging pulling by her hair.
Dushaasan immediately went to Draupadee and brought her dragging and pulling her by her hair. There she asked a few questions from the court about the rules of game, Yudhishthir losing her in the game etc but to no avail. Nobody replied her. Then Duryodhan asked her to come and sit in his lap as she was now his maid and he could behave with her as he wished. The then Bheem vowed that he will break his thigh which he showed to her to sit upon, with his Gadaa . All people sitting in the court felt very bad and angry, but couldn't do anything. They requested Dhritraashtra also to intervene, but he didn't speak anything.
Duryodhan further said - "Dushaasan, Take off her clothes, let me see how does she look like without clothes, the one I have won in the game." Somebody said - "At least you should keep the respect of the family." At this Karn said - "What is the respect of such a woman who has five husbands. If she can hold the hand of sixth one also, there is no harm. And if such a woman had been brought in the court even naked, there was nothing wrong in it." (MBH, Sabhaa, 67)
So Dushaasan started loosening her clothes. Draupadee helplessly saw towards all elders sitting there but found nobody on her side, so she started meditating upon Krishn. Krishn immediately came to her rescue and made her clothes unending. Now there was lots of cloth lying on the floor by loosening her cloth, but there was no end of her cloth. Dushaasan got damn tired, but the cloth was not coming to end. He sat down on the floor tired. Everybody was seeing this, but nobody had the courage to speak anything against Duryodhan. Dhritraashtra could not see anything, so maybe, he didn't feel its impact. Many elderly people closed their eyes, lowered their heads etc.
In the end Draupadee was about to give Shaap to Kaurav family, that Gaandhaaree intervened and quieted her. As a result of this, Dhritraashtra asked her to ask anything from him. Draupadee asked for Paandav's freedom, Paandav's kingdom and royal treasure back plus whatever more they had lost in the game from him which he gave her readily.
Draupadee vowed that she wouldn't tie her hair until she will wash her hair with the blood of Dushaasan's heart. Bheem again vowed that he would bring the blood of Dushaasan's chest to wash Draupadee's hair.
Paandav Lose the Game Second Time and Go to Exile
The next game started with the same conditions. This time also Duryodhan had his first chance and Paandav never got their chance after it. The condition of this game was whoever will lose will go to Van for 13 years, 12 years in Van and one year in Agyaatvaas (passing the year in the society where nobody can recognize them, incognito). Yudhishthir understood that he had no choice and he would have to suffer. He was ready for that. In the last they lost and they got ready to go to exile.
Kuntee wanted to go to Van with them but Yudhishthir and Vidur Jee kept her back. She stayed with Vidur Jee, and Paandav went to Van along with Draupadee.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/22/13