Arjuna travels widely during this period. But, wherever he goes, he also has the habit of marrying the local princess. Near the gates of river Ganges, Arjuna marries Ulupi, the daughter of king Kauravya of the Nagas. Then he travels south, crossing Kalinga, and at the kingdom of Manalura, he marries Chitrangada, the daughter of […]
Towards the last leg of his 12 month sojourn in the forest, Arjuna travels west to Dwaraka, which was the abode of Krishna and his Yadava tribe. The abduction of Subhadra by Arjuna takes place while Arjuna is a guest at Dwaraka.
One day during his stay in Dwaraka, Arjuna sees Subhadra, Krishna‘s sister and desires her. He confides his desire to his bosom friend Krishna. Krishna warns that she is destined to get married by bridegroom choice. If Arjuna really wants her, Arjuna could try abducting Subhadra, since vedic baronial law allows that. Krishna would give […]
Angered at Arjuna‘s abduction of Subhadra, all the the Bhojas, Andhakas and Vrishnis (subclans of the Yadava clan), yoke their chariots and organize a posse after Arjuna. Krishna then pacifies the revolting people, arguing that what Arjuna have done is in line with the barronial law. “To have a relation with Arjuna is an honor”. […]
At the end of the 1 year sojourn in the forest, Arjuna and Subhadra get back to Khandavaprastha. When Arjuna goes to meet Draupadi, she throws a tantrum, because of Arjuna‘s new alliance with Subhadra. “Go where that cow-girl woman is Arjuna”, she cries and keeps on yapping how it is the first tied knot […]
Arjuna and Subhadra soon have a baby boy named Abhimanyu, who is the first born among the children of the five Pandavas. Krishna who is staying with the Pandavas at Khandavaprastha during that time performs the initiation rites of his young nephew. Th baby is dotted on by everybody.
In due course, Draupadi also, from her five husbands begets five sons. They were Prtivindhya by Yudhishtira, Sutasoma by Bhima, Srutakarma by Arjuna, Satanika by Nakula and Srutasena by Sahadeva. Each of them were born at the interval of one year apart.