Shocking secrets of the Pandavas and Draupadi from Mahabharat


  1. Bhim’s wife Hidimba was a witch. When she saw Bhim, she fell in love with him and shared her feeling with Kunti, who then allowed Hidimba to marry Bhim. Bhim agreed to marry but on one condition. As per his condition he would stay with Hidimba till the time she gives birth to their son. And that he would return to his family as soon as a boy is born.
  2. Soon Bhim and Hidimba were married and their son was born, who was extremely brave. In a very little time only, he grew more powerful than the demons. He had no hair on his head. Seeing his bald head, Hidimba and Bhim kept his name as Ghatotkach.
  3. After escaping from Lakshya Bhawan’s fire, the Pandavas entered Ekchakra nagri and started living in a Brahmin’s house. There was a demon called Bakasur who lived near Ekchakra Nagri. The villagers of Ekchakra Nagri used to feed him every day and the person who would carry the food for him would also be eaten by Bakasur. Bakasur was killed by Bhim.
  4. When Guru Dronacharya had defeated his friend Drupad by his students, Drupud decided to take revenge. King Drupad then performed a yagya with the help of a tapasvi through which a Divya Kumar was born. He had a crown on his head and Shield on his body. Soon there was Akashvani that he is born to kill Dronacharya. Soon a Yagyadevi was born from the same yagya. Then there was an Akashvani that the beautiful woman is born for the benefit of all the rishis. Because of this, the Kauravas got scared. Drupad kept the name of this brave heart as Dhrishtaghumna and the woman’s name as Draupadi.
  5. According to Mahabharat, Draupadi in her previous birth was the daughter of a rishi. Since she was unable to get married, she got upset and started meditating. Impressed with her meditation, Lord Shiva appeared before her and asked her to wish anything. She asked for a husband who has all the qualities. She repeated her wish five times and therefore Lord Shiva blessed her with five husbands.
  6. When the Pandavas were going with their mother to Panchaldesh, they had an argument with Gandharvaraj Chitrarath, following which Arjun and Chitrarath had a huge fight. Arjun won the battle, but left Chitrarath alive as demanded by Duryodhan. Chitrarath happy to be left alive gifted the Pandavas with great horses and also taught Arjuna the art of Gandharva wisdom.
  7. Before going for the swayamvar of Draupadi, Pandavas appointed Dhaumya Rishi as the purohit. They appointed him as their purohit as he was really great and knowledgeable. They thought because of him, Draupadi will only choose them.
  8. Panchalnareash Drupud wanted that Draupadi’s marriage to be with Arjun and therefore for the swayamvar, he made such an arrow that nobody could use and hanged such an instrument in the sky that kept revolving. This instrument in the sky was to be targeted. Drupad knew that no one but Arjun will be able to do this task.
  9. The day when Draupadi’s swayamvar was kept, it was the 16th day of the function. For Draupadi’s swayamvar, not just the kings and princes, but also the Gods and Yamraj were witnesses.
  10. When Drupad came to know that the sanyasi’s were actually the Pandavas and that Draupadi will the wife of all five, he expressed disappointment as this was against religion. That time Maharshi Ved Vyas came there and told Drupad about Draupadi’s wish that was granted by Lord Shiva in her previous birth.
  11. When Dhritrashtra and Bhishma came to know that the Pandavas were alive, they were called to Hastinapur. So that there is no fight in future between the Pandavas and Kauravas, Dhritrashtra divided the property into two equal halves.  Soon the kingdom of Pandavas started looking like heaven and Yudhishthir named it as Indraprastha.
  12. The Pandavas also made a rule for Draupadi, that for a set time, Draupadi would stay with each Pandava. And when Draupadi will be with one Pandava, no other Pandava can go near them. If somehow any Pandava breaks the rule, he has to spend 12 years of life as a bachelor in a forest.
  13. One day in Yudhishthirs Kingdom, few robbers stole the cow of a Brahmin. That Brahmin asked Arjun’s helped. Arjun’s weapons were kept in Yudhishthir’s palace where he was alone with Draupadi. Arjun thought for a second that if he enter Yudhishthir’s palace, he will break the rule and would have to spend 12 years in forest, but if does not help the Brahmin, it will be against the religion. So he went to Yudhishthir’s palace and picked his weapons and brought the Brahmin’s cow back.
  14. Arjun, however, had to leave for forest for 12 years. During his exile, Arjun was once bathing in River Ganga. That time Nagkanya pulled him inside the river. Her name was Ulupi. He spent a night with Uupi there. Next day when he was leaving, Ulupi blessed her that he would never be affected by any water animal.
  15. During exile, Arjun reached Manipur. The king of Manipur was Chitravahan whose daughter was Chitrangada. One day Arjun saw Chitrangada and fell in love with her. He went to meet her father and aksed for her hand. Chitravahan agreed but on one condition that their son will only carry forward Chitravahan’s kingdom. Arjun agreed and got married. After giving birth to a baby boy, Arjun left the palace and went on a teerthyatra.
  16. During exile, when Arjun was bathing in Saubhadra Teerth, his legs slipped and crocodile grabbed one of his legs. Arjun lifted his leg and the crocodile came out with him. The moment that crocodile came out, it turned into a beautiful woman. She was cursed to be a crocodile by a rishi.
  17. During exile Arjun reached Prabhas. When Lord Krishna came to know about it, he went to meet Arjun. From there, Krishna brought Arjun to Dwarka. One day when Arjun saw Krishna’s sister Subhadra, he got attracted towards her. Subhadra also felt the same for Arjun. Krishna understood about their feeling and advised Arjun for Subhadraharan.
  18. One day when Subhadra reached a hill to pray, Arjun abducted her. When the Yadav’s came to know about it, they decided to battle with the Pandavas. Krishna however, stopped them and they both were called back to Dwarka where Arjun and Subhadra were married with proper rituals.
  19. Draupadi had one son each from each of the Pandavas.
  20. Yudhishthir had another wife named Devika and they had a son together called Yodhay.
  21. According to Hindu religion there are a total of 33 Gods.
  22. After hearing about Krishna’s death, The Pandavas lost interest in the world. Yudhisthira and the Pandavas decided to go to heaven. They along with Draupadi, once again they donned deer skin and tree bark. Parikshita was appointed the king. Kripa was his guru and Yuyutsu the regent. After taking leave of them and all the people of Hastinapura, the Pandavas and Draupadi started their journey.
  23. First they went to Dwarka and saw it immersed in the sea. Their Agni came and said to Arjuna, “Your Gandhiva and the quivers have served their purpose. I have obtained these from lord Varuna. Now these should be returned to him.” Arjuna worshiped his Gandhiva and quivers and returned then to Agni.
  24. The Pandavas reached Himvana. On the way Draupadi, Sahdeva, Nakula, Arjuna and Bhima dropped dead on by one. Only one dog, who had been with them remained. When Yudhisthira reached the peak. Indra came to take him to the heavens. Yudhisthira had been granted the privilege of going to the world of gods in his human form. So great was his righteousness.
  25. The dog changed into a divine form. He was Dharma, the father of Yudhisthira. In the grand hall of the heavens Yudhisthira saw, Krishna surrounded by all gods. Karna was sitting among the Adityas, Bhishma among the Vasus and his ancestors and heroes and warriors who had died in the war were there. A surprising presence there was that of Duryodhana.
  26. Narada explained to Yudhisthira that Duryodhana never showed cowardice, he had been a just and good king, he died a brave’s death that too in the holy place. Samantpanchaka. He gained entry to the heavens for these reasons.
  27. Yudhisthira had told only one lie in his otherwise sinless life. For that he was made to come to the heavens by a way coming from the side of the hell. All his brothers and others had to spend a few hours in hell for their sins.
  28. The statement that Krishna did not save Draupadi from Cheer Haran, may appear as untrue. However, when you read the some facts in this story, you will find there are other stories regarding how Draupadi was saved on that shameful day when Yudhisthir lost everything in gamble. All gurus and sages remained silent while Dushasan was trying to disrobe Draupadi. Duryodhan and even Karna did not hesitate in this wrong doing. Click on this slide show to know who saved Draupadi from cheer haran….
  29. Everyone on that day had a reason not to interfere on that shameful day. It was good that someone was able to retrieve or save Draupadi’s modesty. If we look at today’s scenario, we will fing Bhishma’s and Drona’s who are blind to all these evils, but we will not find the savior who can do something about it.
  30. As we know that Shri Krishna, whom Draupadi summoned to save her from disrespect. But in Vyasa’s Mahabharat, the savior from cheer haran is someone else. This is attributed to dharma and it is symbolic. This means it can be the God Dharma, Krishna as the Lord of Dharma or even Vidura or Yudhishthir. So, it is indeed not clearly stated that who was indeed the savior of Draupadi.
  31. Story of Krishna saving Draupadi In the famous TV serial named Mahabharat, Draupadi summons Keshav (Krishna) in her hour of peril (cheer haran) and Krishna saves her. There is a story related to this. Once Krishna had cut his finger with Sudarshan Chakra. Draupadi tore her veil to put it around Krishna’s bleeding finger. Lord Krishna was very touched by the gratitude done by Draupadi and so he promised her to repay the debt and to protect her from all evils. So, he protected Draupadi when her sari was being pulled after Duryodhan won her in the dice game. Click on the next slide to know the other story of how Durvasa saved Draupadi…
  32. Story of Durvasa saving Draupadi There is also an interesting story of Durvasa saving Draupadi from cheer haran. Shiva Purana attributes her miraculous rescue to a boon granted by Durvasa. The story goes that the sage’s loincloth was once carried away by the Ganges’s currents. Draupadi quickly tore a piece of her garment to cover him. The sage was pleased with her. He granted her a boon, which caused an unending stream of cloth to cover her when Dushasan was trying to strip her in Hastinapur’s royal dice hall.

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