The purported death of the Pandavas at the lacquer house in Varanavata, was not widely believed to be true. People believed that Pandavas were alive somewhere. King Drupada, Draupadi‘s father, secretly wished to marry her off to Arjuna. Draupadi also wished to marry Arjuna. But they had no idea of the whereabouts of Arjuna.

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