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DRAUPADI AS DURGA

Pandavas made an arrangement to  further their married life that Draupadi  would spend one year with each brother in turn and  no other would enter the room at the time of couple present alone.
Once Bheem entered the chamber shared by Draupadi and Yudhishtir by mistake. To his surprise, he saw Yudhishtir worshipping the wife by washing her feet. Unaware of the fact that Draupadi was an avatar of Goddess Durga, he could not think that Yudhishtir was appeasing the Goddess of death and destruction in view of impending war. Instead he degraded his brother as slave to wife; unbecoming of a kshatriya. 
He shared the whole incident and his thoughts with Krishna, who advised him not to say anything to Draupadi. Then Krisna took Bheem to  the nearby forest and told him to climb and stay silently on the top of a tree till next morning
Bheem followed Krishna’s instructions.At midnight, he got amazed by seeing the court of deavs being organised down below the tree. He became fearful by seeing Draupadi, as Goddess Durga,  asking for Bhima’s blood in her empty bowl, since he had entered her chambers despite being forbidden.
Next morning, fearful of his certain death, Bheem narrated the whole stroy to his mother. Later that day, Kunti tied  Draupadi by the promise of never hurting Bheem. Draupadi understood the matter, but as human avatar she had to promise her and in the act, she bit her lip hesitantly. Kunti wiped off the blood from her lips with the edge of her cloth and promised her that Bhima will fill the bowl for her.( Later on in Mahabharat War, Bheem filled her bowl with the blood from Dushashan’s chest.)

After winning the Mahabharat war, Pandavas argued among themselves for taking credit of victory. Krishna suggested them to  ask Barbareek, who had seen the entire war . Reply of Barbareek was much simpler and conclusive: he saw only two things in the entire war - Krishna's Sudarshana wheel slaughtering Kaurava warriors and Draupadi(Transformed  into Mahakali) drinking up all the blood.



Shrawan Singh

Shrawan Singh

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