Draupadi is one of my all time favourite mythological character. She is one of those characters in Indian mythology who doesn’t need any introduction. Today I read this book Draupadi by Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad.
To say that this novel is modern, there are many reasons. The author has applied the theories of off-beat feminism to the character of Draupadi. It shows you that Draupadi is not only a distressed woman but also the heroine of the whole story with firm determination.
Why is she my favourite?
Draupadi was a female much ahead of her times. In a time, when females were more show of a power and a means to carry on the lineage,Draupadi was a woman of steel. Learned, knowledgeable, highly beautiful still grounded, strong headed and never compromising on her values and morals.
Draupadi is sometimes criticized for being too self-centered in terms of her desire for revenge. However a closer look at her actions show that she encouraged the war because she knew that the kauravas would be defeated and Dharma would be restored. Her intention was not personal vendetta against the Kauravas.
After the war, when Ashwatthama sneaked in and killed 5 sons of Draupadhi in their sleep, she did not allow the Pandavas to kill Ashwattama. Though she reacted with impulsive anger, she soon had her self-control and argued that killing Ashwatthama wouldn’t serve any greater purpose but it will just remain a personal revenge.
Draupadi also demonstrated her selflessness after the dice game. Ready to curse all who silently watched her humiliation in court, Draupadi exercised self-control at the behest of Queen Gandhari. At this point, the king Dhritirashtra, fearful of Draupadi’s power to curse him, offered her as many wishes as she wanted. Draupadi asked only for her husband’s freedom and their weapons!
Draupadi’s determination, fearlessness, and strength of character, makes her a natural ideal for youth. Her tenacious fight for Dharma did not diminish even after many years of suffering in exile. She went through inumerable hardships and unimaginable sufferings, but her inner strength, unshakeable faith in God, and resolute character gave her the power to overcome them. Draupadi’s spirit and virtuous nature will always be a source of inspiration to all.
– Jahnavi Chowdary
Who is your favourite mythological character? Why?