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10 Fascinating Facts About Draupadi We Bet You Didn't Know

Mahabharata is one of the greatest epics of Hindu mythology about which every kid has heard bed time stories (well almost). We claim to know a lot about it. However, many things in this scripture are still a mystery for many. Actually, the epic is full of interesting facts that are not possible to be stated otherwise or shown in detail on our television screens.Draupadi from Mahabharata was an epic character that needs no introduction. A mysterious yet fierce wife. Someone who never believed in weeping and mewling about tough times rather faced them with utmost conviction. She was a darling Princess of one of the most prominent kingdoms. But was believed not to have been conceived like a normal human child, she was born from fire. There are numerous other facts like this that will amaze you, and we have listed them down for you. Take a look! 

Her beliefs. 

Rare in the culture of ancient times, Draupadi never believed in remaining silent and asked for justice when she was abused. She even condemned great warriors such as Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya and her husbands for not saving her from the humiliation during the Cheer-Haran.Source

She didn't have a childhood. 

Often called as Yajnaseni, Draupadi was not a normal child. She was not born from her mother's womb. Instead, she was born from the fire as an adult, with no appreciation of childhood or parenting. 

Incarnation of Kali.

There is a common belief in South India that Draupadi was an incarnation of Maha Kali, who was born to assist Lord Krishna to destroy the arrogant Kauravas. Source

She cursed dogs.

According to the agreement that Pandavas had with Draupadi, only one brother was allowed to enter her chamber at a time and was suppose to keep his shoes outside as a mark of indication but one fine day, a dog took away Yudhishthira’s shoe, furious Draupadi cursed dogs by saying: “All the world will see you copulate in public, stripped of all shame.”Source

Draupadi's Vessel.

Across India, the term 'Draupadi's Vessel' means a kitchen that has overflowing stock of everything. Such a kitchen is a mark of a good home maker and Draupadi was surely one.Source

She was blessed to be a virgin.

Before Draupadi moved from one husband to another, she walked through fire to regain her virginity and purity. Source

She never trusted her husbands.

Draupadi screamed in the courtroom but none of her husbands had the courage to avenge her insult. She had her own reasons to have trust issues with her husbands. They hesitate to kill Kichaka for fear of making their secret identities public when he abuses her in the final year of their exile. Seriously? Source

Hidimba's revenge.

Bhim’s wife Hidimba was a witch. Draupadi had cursed her son Ghatotkacha and Hidimba couldn't control herself and in return she cursed Draupadi. This fight ended the Pandava lineage.Source

Her unique clause.

When Draupadi agreed to be a common wife of Pandavas she had one condition. She said that she wouldn't share her household with any other woman.Source

Lord Krishna was her only friend.

Draupadi always considered Lord Krishna as her sakha (friend). Lord Krishna was the only true friend who came to her rescue when she found herself in dire circumstances.SourceI hope these facts were a source of information for everyone. Don't forget to share this story with your friends. You can also write to me at muskan@wittyfeed.com