Shishu Sansaar | Stories-Mahaabhaarat
Drupad was the King of Paanchaal Desh. His wife's name was Prishataa. His capital was Kaampilya Nagaree. He was known as Yagyasen also.
Birth of Shikhandee
This incident troubled Shikhandinee, so she ran away with shame and unnecessary blame on her father. In a jungle she met a Yaksh whom she asked his manhood. He gave it to her, but took promise that she would give it back to him after her purpose was served. She promised so and got his manhood. After becoming a man she came back to her home.
Meanwhile the father of the Princess thought to examine his daughter's husband, so he sent some girls to test him. They came and found the husband all right. The Princess father did not understand what to do - to believe his daughter or to believe his girls. Thus Shikhandinee, now known as Shikhandee, became the eldest son of Drupad.
Drupad and Drone
He had a great enmity with Drupad. They got educated together from one Guru. There Drupad once said to Drone that "we are friends and whatever I have, its half is yours." Drone didn't say anything at that time but kept it in his mind. They grew up, finished their education and went to their respective homes, got married, had children etc. Drupad was the Prince, he became the King of Paanchaal Desh.
Once Kripee didn't have milk for the child, so she was giving him the solution of flour and water saying that it was milk and the child was saying that it was not milk. Drone came from outside and saw this. He felt very bad that he couldn't even arrange some milk for his child. He said to Kripee - "I am going to bring a cow for my son and when I will get it. then only I will return home." Kripee tried to stop him but he didn't stop and went away.
Drone couldn't find anything for living. So first he thought to go to Parashuraam Jee. When he reached there, he found that he was ready to go to forest. But Parashuraam Jee didn't consider proper to return him empty-handed, so he said - "If you want to learn some weaponry and warfare, I can teach you some tips." Drone got ready, so he taught him the use of some weapons and other warfare tricks. Soon Drone became the unrivaled master of military arts.
Then he remembered Drupad so he went to Drupad and reminded his statement "Whatever I have, its half is yours" and asked for a cow from his share. Drupad laughed and said - "It was the childhood talks. I am a King. We cannot be equal. How is it possible that what I have its half is yours?" Drone got very angry at this. He behaved politely for some time but then left the place carrying the feeling of revenge. Later he went to Hastinaapur with the hope to get some work and stayed there with his brother-in-law Kripaachaarya.
Once he showed his skills to Kaurav princes. They reported that to Bheeshm and Bheeshm appointed him as their Guru. When the time came for Guru Dakshinaa, he only wished to win Drupad, so he asked both Kaurav and Paandav to bring Drupad tied with rope. Kaurav could not bring him, but Paandav brought him to their Guru. At that time the way Arjun fought with Drupad, he wished for a girl, that if he had a daughter, he could have married her to Arjun. At the same time he wanted to take revenge from Drone also of his insult, so he wanted a son to kill him.
Birth of Draupadee and Dhrishtdyumn
But then Drupad asked Rishi to offer another Aahuti to get a son. The Rishi offered another Aahuti and this time appeared a man along with the military outfit and carrying a sword and a bow and arrows. Seeing him Drupad got very happy. He was named Dhrishtdyumn. Thus this Yagya fulfilled Drupad's both the wishes - a daughter to marry to Arjun, and a son to kill Drone.
Many kings, including Duryodhan, Karn, Dushaasan etc came to marry Draupadee, but nobody could pierce the eye of the fish. Krishn and Balaraam were also present there. Once Karn got up to try his luck, he had picked up the bow also, but as he was about to aim it, Krishn told Draupadee by signs that she should not let him participate in this competition. So she said - "I will not marry a Soot Putra." Karn felt very much insulted and got very angry at all this.
Paandav also came there in disguise of Braahman. Krishn asked Arjun to come forward and try his luck. Arjun picked the bow and pierced the eye of the fish. Everybody got very surprised to see that in spite of many Kshatriya present there, a Brahman pierced the eye of the fish. Lots of fighting took place but Arjun and Bheem defeated all of them and they took Draupadee to their home.
Now Drupad was very much worried. Although he could not say anything because his condition of marriage was fulfilled, but he was not ready to marry her to a Braahman; so he asked his son Dhrishtdyumn to follow them and find out what happened to his daughter. he followed them and reported back that those were Paandav, thus Paandav were alive, and who pierced the eye of the fish, he was none other than Arjun. But his sister became the wife of all the Paandav just on the words of Kuntee. Drupad was happy to know that Draupadee was married to Arjun, but got sad to know that she became the wife of all the five Paandav just on the words of Kuntee. Later he married her properly to them.
Dhrishtdyumn Kills Drone
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 03/30/12