Even to the greatest of believers, one aspect of the Mahabharata seems difficult to reconcile, namely the marriage of Draupadi to the five Pandava brothers. A study of the epic however, makes us realise the deeper details of the story, generating within us a profound respect for this virtuous lady.
Draupadi- A Novel on The Heroine of Mahabharata
The question was first put by Drupada, the brother of Draupadi, to Bhagawan Vyasa as follows: "Respected sage! How can one woman become the wife of many, without leading to sin? Please explain this in detail".
Thereupon, Vyasa Ji explained through a story how it came to be that the Pandava's marriage with a single wife was in conformity with dharma.
Brahma Ji replied: "Why are you frightened of humans, when all of you are immortal? There should not be any fear in you from mortals".
Large Size Lord Brahma
The gods said: "Since the mortals have become immortals, there is no difference between us any more. Upset at this equality, we have come to you to seek a distinction."
Lord Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailash
The four earlier Indras said: "Lord! We will all follow your command. However, we request that we should not be fathered by any humans, rather by gods (hence were the five Pandavas born respectively by the gods Dharma, Vayu, Indra and the two Ashwinis). We should fight with divine weapons and at the end, return to our higher worlds".
The ever compassionate Bhagawan Shiva accepted their request and addressed the weeping woman who had accompanied Indra: "You are none other than Swarga-Lakshmi, the personification of all that is auspicious in heaven. You are distressed because of the condition of your lord, these five Indras. You too will accompany them to the human realm and become their wife." The graceful woman bowed, humbly accepting Bhagawan Shiva’s command.
Harmonious Brothers, Krishna And Balarama
There is much to learn from this history of Draupadi. The first is that there is not a single thing in this world which is without use. Even death is highly required. Without death, the burden on the earth becomes too much. Bhagawan Vishnu is ever compassionate. When He saw that the gods were disturbed at the lack of mortality amongst humans, He made an arrangement, where not only were they able to fulfil their wish themselves, but also established dharma and removed adharma, thus benefitting the world immensely.
Autobiography of Draupadi (Novel)
Draupadi: A Novel on The Heroine of Mahabharata
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