Bhima comes out menacingly at the revolting warriors, swinging a heavy pole, which he has broken off from among the decorations. Facing unexpected and intense opposition from Bhima and Arjuna, the kings withdraw their opposition. “The woman has been won according to the law”, the elders proclaims, thus settling the issue.
What happens next is very fluky. Bhima and Arjuna escorts the princess to their temporary dwelling place at the potter. Mother Kunti is inside. Bhima and Arjuna calls out to their mother. “Mother, look what we found today”. Mother replies from inside, “Whatever it is, share that together”. Kunti now realizes that she had unwittingly […]
Tongues began to wag about how un-Brahmin like, were Arjuna and Bhima at Draupadi‘s bridegroom choice. Later, Krishna, along with his step-brother Balarama, visits the Pandavas at the potter’s place where they were staying. He correctly identifies each one of the Pandavas and seeks their friendship. Spies sent by Dhrishtadyumna also visits the Pandavas and […]
King Drupada and Dhrishtadyumna were overjoyed to hear that Draupadi is going to the house of the celebrated Pandavas. But they raised opposition, when they heard that Draupadi was going to be the common wife of all the five Pandava brothers. “How can one approach his brother’s wife with sexual intent? It sounds awkward, let […]
Vyasa the author of this epic then makes a self-referential appearance in the story and advises king Drupada. He gives justification to the polyandric alliance in saying that Draupadi is godesss Sri (Lakshmi) herself, who has appeared on earth to be conjoined with the five Indras(mythological gods) who are spending time on the earth as […]
Each of the five brothers takes Draupadi‘s hand and circumambulates the ritualistic fire, consummating the marriage. Thus Draupadi becomes officially the common wife of the Pandavas. and Pandavas secures the invaluable alliance of the Panchala kingdom.
At Hastinapura, Dhritarashtra and his sons and other elders discuss this matter in various groups. Duryodhana comes up with a hundred different evil schemes to destroy the Pandavas. Karna suggests going for all all out war to crush the enemy before it gets a chance to strengthen. But other elders like Bhishma, Vidura and Drona […]