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 the Pandavas due to a curse from god Shiva