Draupadi

reated by Jijith Nadumuri at 14 Feb 2010 11:30 and updated at 14 Feb 2010 11:33

The Panchala princess Draupadi was the wife of the Pandavas. She was wedded to all of the five Pandavas. Thus this was an ancient case of polyandri. In those days the polygamy (a man marrying several women) was common but polyandri (a woman marrying several men) was not common, like even today. The epic has passages where Vyasa tried to establish some acceptance to the polyandri culture of the Pandavas. There is reason to speculate that this culture was connected to the people of Stri-rajya which was in the far north of the kingdom of the Pandavas.

Below is the various names of Draupadi, by which she was addressed in Mahabharata. One prominent name omitted is, the name Krishna since it is also used to denote Vasudeva Krishna.

Total Occurrences Name Occurrences in the 18 Books of Mahabharata
545 Draupadi 74 65 78 55 43 32 45 31 36 14 11 10 1 12 21 1 7 9
17 Draupadi's 1 3 3 1 1 0 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Draupdi 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Panchali 6 1 12 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
1 Panchali's 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yagnaseni 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Yajanaseni 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Yajnaseni 3 11 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1 Yajnaseni's 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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