Draupadi was the princess of Kampilya (Panchala). She was the sister of princess Shikandini prince Drishtadyumna. Shikandini was a girl at birth and then turned into a boy by adulthood.
Drupadha, the king of Kampilya(Panchala) performed a Yajna called as Putrakameshti to have powerful son. During that yajna, Drishtadyumna and Draupadi were born. Draupadi didn’t have childhood as she was born an adult. Draupadi was married to the Pandavas namely Yudhishtira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. She was also known by several other names such as:
Panchali, Drupadakanye, Yajnaseni, Krishnaa etc.
When Draupadi arrived in Hastinapura, Bhishma and Dritharashtra decided to give another land for the Pandavas called Khandavaprastha. Arjuna offered Khandava Vana (Forest) to agni. Vishvakarma then built the entire city in that land and they named it as Indraprastha. Mayasura then built a beautiful palace for pandavas using his maya. He created many beautiful illusions and advanced facilities in the palace. Krishna suggests Yudhistira to perform the Rajasuya Yajna. To perform the Rajasuya Yajna they had to prove that they are powerful. Krishna suggested to fight Jarasandha. Then Bheema fought ferociously with Jarasandha and finally killed him.
Jarasandha’s death was their beginning of Rajasuya Yajna. To the Rajasuya Yajna, numerous kings were invited. Even Duryodhana came and he was fascinated by the beauty of the kingdom and was amazed how they turned a wasteland into a kingdom. Duryodhana was so curious about the palace and started looking around. There lamps looked like being lit, although it was not having fire and was giving light using reflection. The walls were decorated with beautiful paintings. Duryodhana started feeling jealous and Draupadi was watching everything from her balcony. She was very happy to see that he was jealous.
Now coming to the important incident, there was an illusion where the floor looked like a pool of water. Duryodhana carefully walks over just to find out it’s an illusion. As he walks further, he finds another pool and he thinks, it’s similar to what he saw earlier. Steps on it carelessly and fall into it. Draupadi saw this and yelled ‘ Andasya putraha andaha’ from her balcony, which means ‘ A blind man’s son is also blind’. Duryodhna felt very insulted and became very angry.
This incident became one of the most important reason and also a turning point in the great war of Mahabharata.
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