DRAUPADI & KARNA - The Forbidden Love ?
We know Mahabharata is one of the greatest scriptures of Hindu mythology but it is also the longest poem ever written containing about. Fearful that a child conceived before marriage may ruin her reputation, Kunti Krishna believes it so for years later when he tries to lure Karna away from the It is this refusal to help the helpless in a moment of dire need that makes Karna. Draupadi begged of Krishna to help her out of this impending problem. Krishna, then said What is the right relationship between Karna, Surya and Yudishtira?.
But Draupadi is 4 disappointed to find that Arjuna do not say anything. Her mind again goes back to Karna and she began to think that probably this was her punishment for having treated him so unfairly. The disagreement between king Draupada and the Pandavas gets settled with the intervention of sage Vyasa.
He rules in favour of Draupadi marrying all five brothers. He also makes an arrangement that Draupadi will stay with each brother for a period of one year and every time she goes to the new brother she would be virgin again. But Draupadi realizes that her situation is different. Like a man with several wives, she had no choice about choosing with whom to sleep and when.
On the other hand she feels that she is like a communal drinking cup and she would be passed from hand to hand whether she wanted it or not. Neither Draupadi was particularly delighted at the boon of getting her virginity back whenever she goes to a new brother. She also adds that it would have been better if Vyasa had given her a boon of forgetting, so that when she went to each brother, she would be free of the memory of the previous one.
But she becomes aware that he does not quite love her. His frustrated anger is turned towards Draupadi. Though he does not say it openly but Draupadi reads through his reproachful eyes that he blamed Draupadi for this unusual marriage. She realises that now as Arjuna cannot have her alone, he will not have her at all. He will go through the rituals of marriage, but he will keep her heart from her.
This was exactly that Kunti wanted. She wanted to maintain the unity among her sons at any cost! And Arjuna getting attached to Druapadi would have threatened the unity of the Pandavas. But Draupadi is practical enough to make best of the situation. During her first year of marriage, which she had to spend with Yudhishthira.
She spends significant energy in re- educating Yudhishthira about the sexual behaviour.
And in either of the cases she finds it was most annoying Divakaruni, p. I longed to see him again. Each time I entered a room, I glanced up under my veil I could not stop myself Drapadi feels disappointed that her magical palace built by Mayasur fails to fascinate Karna. Her infatuation for Karna also makes her feel guilty as she remember the words of the scriptures which says that if a wife desire a man who is not her husband, she is as unfaithful as a woman who sleeps with such a man.
One which tries to keep man and woman relationship confined to socially accepted institution of marriage and the other, which tries to break free and look for opportunities to give vent to the promiscuous tendencies lurking in human mind. During this dialogue Karna confesses his infatuation for Draupadi, which Draupadi overhears.
When Draupadi hears that Karna finds her irresistible, a part of her mind is satisfied, but at the same time she also feels guilty that she nurtures an unfaithful thought. When the Pandavas took another wives, Draupadi felt jealous. But she also admits that she did not expect her husbands to remain celibate while they waited for their turn as her spouse. But she is aware of her special position that none of the other wives can take in their lives.
Alone, they would have scattered, each to his dusty corner. They would have pursued separate interest, deposited their loyalties with different women. Though the Pandavas did not make her heart beat wildly, she committed herself totally to the welfare of the Pandavas. She uses her anger to keep them in check. Her display of anger ensured that the number of wives remains minimum and it also kept the other wives away from the palace.
This had ensured that she remained undisputed mistress of the palace. She felt betrayed by Krishna and accuses him of encouraging Subhadra to snatch Arjuna. But Krishna do not pay much attention to her and says that union between Arjuna and Subhadra have a greater design, which is more important than the heartache that Draupadi sufferes. Though married to five husbands, and infatuated with Karna and Krishna, Drupadi fantasises about a place where men do not exist. She says the if Swargloka, Brahmloka really exist, a good women would rather choose to go to the Lokas, where men were not allowed.
So that finally they will be free from male demands. She now realises that there are certain things in the lives of her husbands which they value more than her honour.
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They will avenge her, but when it will bring heroic fame to them. It reinforces her belief that she cannot depend entirely on them. During the great war, Vyasa gave an unusual sight to Draupadi.
With this sight she can watch any corner of the battlefield and also peep into the mind of the participants. She was shocked to see Karna participating in the killing of Abhimanyu. On the day of the final dual between Karna and Arjuna, Draupadi wishes that the sight should be taken from her. During the dual, when Karna becomes helpless and Arjuna was about to kill him, Draupadi becomes extremely agitated and was willing to forgive the insult that he inflicted on her at the time of disrobing episode.
She feels sad that Karna had died with the feeling that Draupadi hated him. After the great war, the Pandavas ruled over Hastinapur for thirty six years. She hopes that he will suddenly show up and take care of everything that is troubling her.
DRAUPADI & KARNA – The Forbidden Love ?
After touring all over the country, the Panadavas along with Draupadi starts their final ascend to the Himalayas: Bhima asks Yudhishthira, why she, so virtuous and devoted to her husbands should fall?
The conversation between Bhima and Yudhishthira reaches dying Draupadi. Yudhishthira says 7 that though she was married to five brothers, she loved one man more than everyone else. When Bhima asks who that was? Yudhishthira pauses while giving answer. During this pause, Draupadi realises that Yudhishthira knew about her longing for Karna.
She listens with the heart constricted. She is greatly relieved when Yudhishthira says it was Arjuna that she loved most. Draupadi in her heart knew that Yudhishthira had lied. This was probably a second lie in his life. In this lying he had selected love over truth.
Did Draupadi love Karna?
Mahabharata has multiple versions and recensions spread over the Indian subcontinent. As a result, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute undertook the Mahabharata Project  in to publish what they intend as a clean Critical Edition to aid in having uniformity among scholars.
After 60 years of extensive and exhaustive research, the first Critical Edition was published in Vishnu Sitaram SukthankarGeneral Editor of BORI published a comprehensive "Prolegomena to the Adi Parva",  to lay bare the reasons behind removal of various such popular but spurious insertions from the Critical Edition, based on documented evidence and instrinsic probability.
He disclosed Page 65 that Draupadi's rejection was found only in six relatively newer manuscripts out of ,the insertion evidently being the work of a later Vyaisaid. Mehendale published an article in journal "Annals of Bhardarkar Oriental Research Institute",  named "Interpolations in the Mahabharata", found in public domain,  where she shed more light into the matter.
She explained the improbability of such blatant rejection given the patriarchal era, when young girls had little choice in political alliances, especially in those Swayamvars or 'self-choice ceremony', where she was nothing more than "Viryasulka" or a prize to be offered to the winner of the contest.
Mehendale concludes that despite the documentary evidence provided by an authoritative source like BORI  some of these incidents are "deeply impressed" on the popular psyche and "still continue to haunt public mind".
In the end, Arjun succeeds in the task, dressed as a Brahmin. As the other attendees, including the Kauravas, protest at a Brahmin winning the competition and attack, Arjuna and Bhima protect Draupadi and are able to retreat. When Draupadi arrives with the five Pandavas to meet Kuntithey inform her that Arjuna won alms, to which Kunti says, "Share the alms equally". This motherly command leads the five brothers to become the five husbands of Draupadi.
Upon the news of Pandavas' death at Varnavrat, the title of crown prince had fallen to Duryodhana. Dhritrashtra invites the Pandavas to Hastinapur and proposes that the kingdom be divided. The Pandavas are assigned the wasteland Khandavprasthareferred to as unreclaimed desert. With the help of KrishnaPandavas rebuilt Khandavprastha into the glorious Indraprastha.
The crown jewel of the kingdom was built at the Khandava forest, where Draupadi resided in the "Palace of Illusions". Trained in economy, she took upon the responsibility of looking after the treasury of the Empire, and also ran a citizen liaison. Her duties as a busy Empress are mentioned in her famous conversation with Satyabhama, Krishna's favourite wife, during their exile.
Duryodhana and his entourage were exploring the keep during their visit to Yudhishthira's Rajasuya Yagna. While touring the grounds, an unsuspecting Duryodhana fell prey to one of the many illusions that could be seen all around the palace. When he stepped on the apparently solid part of the courtyard, there was a splash and Duryodhana found himself waist deep in water, drenched from head to foot by the hidden pool.
Draupadi and her maids saw this from the balcony and were amused. Duryodhana felt extremely insulted that Draupadi and her maids saw his embarrassing predicament. Draupadi joked Andhasya Putra Andhaha meaning 'a blind man's son is blind'. This famous story does not feature in Veda Vyasa's Mahabharatha.
The story of 'blind man's son is blind' was the figment of imagination of much later playwright.
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It gained immense popularity gradually, and was repeatedly depicted in various adaptations of the epic across the length and breadth of the country. The most popular depiction was by B. Chopra in his masterpiece Mahabharata series that aired on Doordarshan in We find several references to blindness of the characters by eminent playwright Dharmveer Bharti, in his famous play 'Andha Yuga'.
The play was published inin Hindi weekly magazine, Dharma Yuga. In Vyasa's Sanskrit epic, the scene is quite different. In the Sanskrit epic, Draupadi is not mentioned in the scene at all, either laughing or insulting Duryodhana. Nonetheless, Duryodhana felt insulted by the behavior of the four Pandavas, stoking his hatred of them. Later on, he went back to Hastinapur, and expressed his immense agony on witnessing the riches of the Pandavas to his blind father, which was the root cause for inviting his cousins for the dice-game.
His main wish was to usurp the wealth of his cousins which they had accumulated on account of the Rajasuya Yajna. Known to few, during this conversation, Duryodhan mentions how he had observed Draupadi serving food to everyone, including physically challenged citizens as the Empress.
He says to his father,"And, O king, Yajnaseni, without having eaten herself, daily seeth whether everybody, including even the deformed and the dwarfs, hath eaten or not. It is here, where he fleetingly mentioned Draupadi's name, who accordingly to Duryodhan, had "joined in the laughter with other females. This laughter of Draupadi's was later on singled out and romanticized by various poets and bards for years as a symbolic cause for the dice-game, and eventually the war.
In Vyasa's Sanskrit epic, Draupadi's role in insulting Duryodhana is trivial compared to the exaggerated treatment it has received in popular adaptations. This key incident is often considered to mark a definitive moment in the story of Mahabharata. It is one of the driving reasons that ultimately led to the Kurukshetra war. Together with his maternal uncle ShakuniDuryodhana conspired to call on the Pandavas to Hastinapur and win their kingdoms in a game of gambling.
There is a famous folklore that the plan's architect, Shakuni had magic dice that would never disobey his will, as they were made from the bones of Shakuni's father. This story however is non-existent in the Sanskrit epic. As the game proceeds, Yudhishthira loses everything at first. In the second round, Yudhishthira's brother Nakula is stake, and Yudhishthira loses him.
Yudhisthira subsequently gambles away Sahdev, Arjuna and Bheem. Finally, Yudhishthira puts himself at stake, and loses again.
For Duryodhana, the humiliation of the Pandavas was not complete. He prods Yudhishthira that he has not lost everything yet; Yudhishthira still has Draupadi with him and if he wishes he can win everything back by putting Draupadi at stake. Inebriated by the game, Yudhishthira, to the horror of everybody present, puts Draupadi up as a bet for the next round.
Playing the next round, Shakuni wins. Draupadi was horrified after hearing that she was staked in the game and now is a slave for Duryodhana. Draupadi questions Yudhishthira's right on her as he had lost himself first and she was still the queen.
Duryodhana, angry with Draupadi's questions, commands his younger brother Dushasana to bring her into the court, forcefully if he must. Dushasana drags Draupadi to the court by the hair. Seeing this, Bheem pledges to remove Dushasana's hands, as they touched Draupadi's hair.
Now in an emotional appeal to the elders present in the forum, Draupadi repeatedly questions the legality of the right of Yudhishthira to place her at stake. In order to provoke the Pandavas further, Duryodhana bares and pats his thigh looking into Draupadi's eyes, implying that she should sit on his thigh.
In rage Bhima vows in front of the entire assembly that he would break that thigh of Duryodhana, or accept being Duryodhana's slave for seven lifetimes. At this time Vikarnaa brother of Duryodhana asks the kings assembled in the court to answer the question of Draupadi.
He gives his opinion that Draupadi is not won rightfully as Yudhishthira lost himself first before staking her. Besides, no one has right to put a woman on bet according to shastras; not a husband, father, or even the gods. Hearing these words, Karna gets angry and says that when Yudhishthira lost all his possession he also lost Draupadi, even specifically staking her. He orders Dushasana to take away the rich garments of Pandavas and Draupadi. A miracle occurs henceforward, which is popularly attributed to Krishna.
Dushasana unwraps layers and layers of her sari.
As her sari keeps getting extended, everyone looks upon in awe, and Dushasana himself is forced to stop due to exhaustion. This vow unsettles the entire court.
The only Kauravas who object to the disrobing of Draupadi in the court are Vikarna and Vidura. Vidura openly calls Duryodhana a snake and a demon, but after finding no support even from his own brother, Vidura is helpless. Karna further orders Dushasana to take Draupadi to the servants' quarters and derisively asks her to choose another husband who unlike Yudhistira would not gamble her away. Just then, jackals call out as a mark of evil omen. Queen mother Gandhari enters the scene and counsels Dhritarashtra to undo her sons' misdeeds.
Fearing the ill-omens, Dhritarashtra intervenes and grants Draupadi a boon. Draupadi asks that her husband Yudisthir be freed from bondage so her son Prativindhya would not be called a slave. In order to pacify her further, Dhritarashtra offers a second boon.