Draupadi in Mahabharata

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Draupadi was a proud and angry heroine of the epic Mahabharata. Draupadi was the daughter of Drupad, the king of Panchala, and the wife and queen of the five great warriors, the Pandavas. Draupadi existed in a time when a woman's role was to serve her husband. But other than serving her husbands she more often lead them into action. The unique relationship between Draupadi and her husbands is what makes her story so exceptional. She was smart bold and unwavering in her spirit and determination.This unforgettable heroine is in no way less than Bheema or Arjuna in strength and spirit, valour and virtue. .Her saga is also full of sufferings and disgraces, but these sufferings in no way made her surrender, in fact in her stride she vanquished each one of the perpetrators of her humiliation and agony.

Mahabharata has many other names for Draupadi, each carrying a unique quality which defines her.

She called Draupadi as she is the daughter of Draupad and Panchali as she is the princess of Panchal. As the grand daughter of Prushata she was known as Parsati. Draupadi is born of fire and therefore, often referred to as Yagnyaseni. She is also called Krishnaa because she was copper skinned, fiery eyed and had long, black hair. She was gifted with blue-lotus fragrance wafting for a full krosha (2 miles) and hence was called Yojanagandha.

When Draupad was not able to have any children even after many years of marriage, he performed rigorous rituals. He thought only of God day and night and prayed to Him. God blessed him, and two children were born out of the haven fire lit by Drupad to fulfill his determination of vengeance against Dronacharya, his enemy. The point to consider here is that...