Why Draupadi married 5 Pandavas (correct meaning)

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Many people without knowing anything talk whatever they want, however they want etc. about our Hindu Gods (Bhagavan), Devatas / Demigods etc. 

But these types of people would never try to understand what the real facts are? What is the hidden secret behind our Great Sanatana Dharma?

They do this because, they just want to talk something, or want to chat something, so that they can enjoy their lives, time with their friends, family, relatives etc. 

But surely these people will have to pay for all those things one or the other day. IT IS OF SURE!

One such great example is about the Great Sri Draupadi Devi. Let us understand few facts / greatness of Sri Draupadi Devi.

List of unknown facts about Draupadi marrying 5 men (Pandavas):

Draupadi is not a single woman

Draupadi is the amalgamation of 5 divine ladies (Devis)

Draupadi took birth from fire

Draupadi married to all the 5 Pandavas

That 5 Devis are Bharati, Parvati, Sachi, Shyamala and Usha

Draupadi (Bharati) is next Sarasvati Devi in next Kalpa

Draupadi had the powers to be wife of that particular husband at that particular time.

That is, as one Devi she was consort of that particular husband

Other Devis were leaving Draupadi’s body

Lord Krishna was best friend of Draupadi

Then, how can someone can question about Draupadi

Swayam Vedavyasa agreed the marriage of Draupadi with 5 Pandavas

Vedavyasa is an avatar of Lord Vishnu, similar to Lord Krishna

And many more…

As many of us know five Pandavas names are as given below:

Sri Yudhisthira, Sri Bhima Deva, Sri Arjuna, Sri Nakula and Sri Sahadeva

All of the above got married to Sri Draupadi Devi.

Now many may have the question, how is this possible? How can one woman can marry 5 men? 

Isn’t it incorrect to do so? How can a single woman can manage with five men? 

How can a single lady can share her whole life with five men? Is she a really a woman or something else?

Etc. etc. etc. question may arrive in many people’s mind.

But most of the people don’t want to know the real facts of this great Devi (divine lady) and just want to talk whatever they want to.

Let us know about these now. The Great Divine woman Sri Draupadi Devi is not one woman. But instead she is the amalgamation of five different entities (5 divine ladies / devis). 

Those five different entities or divine lady’s names are:

Sri Bharati Devi, Sri Parvati Devi, Sri Sachi Devi, Sri Shyamala Devi and Sri Usha Devi

In moola / original Sri Bharati Devi is the wife of Sri Mukhya Prana Deva (Sri Vayu Deva). 

Sri Parvati Devi is the wife of Sri Shiva / Sri Rudra Deva. 

Sri Sachi Devi is the wife of Sri Indra Deva.

Sri Shyamala Devi is the wife of Sri Yama Deva.

Sri Usha Devi is the wife of the twin brothers Sri Ashvini Kumaras (two).

Our Shastras says that, Sri Draupadi Devi or Sri Bharati Devi (one part of Sri Draupadi Devi) will be the next Sri Sarasvati Devi in the next Maha Kalpa.

(We should note that Sri Brahma Deva, Sri Sarasvati Devi, Sri Rudra are all the padavis / ranks given by Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu.)

(Only Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu is permanent and all others will be changed every now and then as per the padavi / ranks starting from Sri Brahma Deva.) 

The present Sri Brahma Deva’s lifespan is about 100 years as per the Brahma Loka / Satya Loka. 

Now it is 51st year running for the present Brahma Deva as per the Brahma Loka / Satya Loka.

After the 100 years of Brahma Loka / Satya Loka, a new Sri Brahma Deva is born. 

The next new Sri Brahma Deva is none other than, the present Sri Mukhya Prana Deva or Sri Vayu Deva. 

Sri Vayu Deva is one who was born as the great bhakta / devotee of Sri Rama, that is Sri Hanuman in Treta Yuga.

Sri Hanuman (or Sri Vayu Deva) is none other than the great bhakta of Sri Krishna, that is Sri Bhima Deva in the Dvapara Yuga. 

Sri Vayu Deva (or Sri Hanuman or Sri Bhimasena) is none other than the great bhakta / devotee of Sri Veda Vyasa Deva, that is Sri Madaanandateerthabhagavadpaadaacharya Ji (in short, he is called as Sri Madhvacharya Ji, the modern great who again restarted the Dvaita paramapara).

Thus it is very clearly mentioned in our Bharatiya Sanatana Dharma Shastra that, Sri Bharati Devi or Sri Draupadi Devi is the next Sri Sarasvati Devi and the present Sri Mukhya Prana Deva is the next Sri Brahma Deva in the next Maha Kalpa.

Sri Draupadi Devi had the powers to be wife of that particular husband at that particular time.

That is,

With Sri Yudhisthira, Sri Draupadi Devi was taking the form of Sri Shyamala Devi.

With Sri Bhima Deva, Sri Draupadi Devi was taking the form of Sri Bharati Devi.

With Sri Arjuna, Sri Draupadi Devi was taking the form of Sri Sachi Devi.

With Sri Nakula and Sri Sahadeva, Sri Draupadi Devi was taking the form of Sri Usha Devi.

So before talking anything about anybody we should be highly careful. 

If we touch Agni (fire) knowingly or unknowingly it will cause destruction to us. Thus if we talk knowingly or unknowingly against anybody it will cause great harm to us in the future.


Just question yourself: Svayam Sri Krishna was always with Sri Draupadi Devi throughout her life. If Sri Krishna was with her means, she can’t be an ill woman. She is definitely a highly important Divine woman.

Now let us further know about the reality of Sri Draupadi Devi:

One of the most trickiest question in Mahabharata is the issue of Draupadi’s wedding with five Pandavas. 

This may look like a contrary to the social norms of the time, plainly opposed by Hindu Sanatana Dharma Shastras. 

In Mahabharata, the Pancha Pandavas proceed on the implicit assumption that they must obey the order of their mother, who had directed them to share whatever they had brought home on that particular day.

Usually, Pancha Pandavas were bringing food, which they were sharing routinely amongst the six, that is: 

Kunti, Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva

So many may think, if the mother Kunti mistakenly or knowing the reality advises sharing of whatever the Pandavas were bringing on that particular day, should the Pandavas take their mother’s words blindly?  

This is indeed true, the Pandavas took such blinkered view and without any question, decided to share Sri Draupadi Devi as wife-in-common for the Pancha Pandavas, that is, five Pandavas.

Now, naturally when Sri Draupadi Devi’s father Drupada and brother Dhrustadyumna objected to such bizarre proposal, the eldest among the Pandavas, that is, Yudhisthira states that: 

“though he cannot quote scriptural support, his mind is always firmly planted in Dharma, and his thoughts would never stray into Adharma.”

(We should always remember that Yudhisthira is an avatar of Yama Dharma Raja. Here Dharma name is given to Yama Deva, as he always follows the Dharma in the correct path and there is no deviation of Dharma here. Yudhisthira perfectly knows about the Dharma more than any other Demigod.)

Thus, the proposal of Pancha Pandavas / five brothers to marry Sri Draupadi Devi is in accordance with Dharma. 

Then, no less a person than Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji (he is an avatar of Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu) appears and convinces Drupada and his family by citing the precedents of yore – Jatila, marrying seven sages at a time, Marisha marrying ten Prachetas. 

(To know more information about ten Prachetas marrying one single woman called Marisha, you can visit this below link:)

Prachetas and their wife Marisha

Thus Sanatana Dharma had evidence of a single woman marrying multiple gents. Therefore, evidently, the exceptions do not disprove the rule. Exceptions remain the exceptions to the general rule. 

(We have a great perfect Vaishnava saint by name Sri Madhvacharya Ji, who has written a commentary on the Mahabharata called “Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya” – in short nowadays it is called as ‘MTN’.)

In MTN some more explanation to the statements of Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji has been given. We will see them one by one.

In the great Mahabharata, two stories are narrated and explained on how Sri Draupadi ended up marrying Pancha Pandavas / five husbands. 

(My dear friends, let us understand the correct meaning behind these stories very slowly and giving our 100% without thinking anything else.)

Let us start:

One story is that Sri Draupadi Devi is the personification of the wealth of the heaven. Sri Draupadi Devi is called as ‘Svarga Sri’.

(Before proceeding, we should know that Indra is a padavi (post / position) and not a name. In every Manvantara Indra changes after that particular Indra Deva completes his period.) 

(This is similar to electing the PM of India. Only difference is that, in India the PM is elected by common people by the election procedure. Whereas the Indra Deva is selected by svayam Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu.)

To know the list of different Manvantaras, Indras, Manus, you can visit this link:

Different Manvantars, Indras, Manus

Let us continue with the story of Mahabharata:

Five different Indras were imprisoned in a cave by Lord Shiva on account of their arrogant behavior.

These same five Indras took birth on earth as Pandavas.

(We should always remember that the Svarga Loka’s Indra Deva is called as Indra, and also Indra has other meanings. Indra means king, a great personality, Brahma Deva is also called as Indra, even Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu is also called as Indra.) 

(We must note that Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu’s one of the name is ‘Indirapati. Here Indira is Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi name. Her pati / consort is Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu.)

Let us continue with the story:

So, it was but natural that Draupadi who is the personification of the wealth of heaven should marry them together.

(Please refer the initial part of this post about Sri Draupadi Devi’s amalgamationa of five Divine Devis.)

Now let us understand the second story:

Second story is of a kanya / maiden who addressed her Tapas to Lord Shiva. 

When Lord Shiva appeared before her, in her anxiety and haste, she begged Lord Shiva five times, to grant her a worthy husband. 

Thus Lord Shiva took her unintended prarthana / prayer literally and granted her five husbands. 

That kanya / maiden was the one who took birth as Draupadi.

(Dear friends, here we need the understand the correct and inner meaning of the story. Let us do the same.)

But, Sri Madhvachary Ji in his ‘MTN’ (please remember this is the short form of the commentary written by this Sri Madhvacharya Ji called ‘Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya) back’s up Pandavas decision to marry Draupadi together with altogether different justification. 

Sri Madhvacharya Ji also provides some explanation to the above two stories. 

Bhimasena who is an avatar of Sri Vayu Deva along with his wife Bharati is the key to this solution.

Sri Madhvacharya Ji adopts a principle known as ‘niyata patni’, for all the deities who take birth on earth for whatever reason. 

This means, the female deity who is the wife in the heaven or the abode of that deity would take birth on earth along with her husband and eventually become his wife on earth. 

Bhimasena is the original Sri Vayu deva, who is at the same level to Sri Brahma Deva in ‘taaratamya’ (hierarchy of Gods).

(To know the hierarchy of Hindu Gods, you can visit this link:)

Hierarchy of Hindu Gods

Bhimasena’s wife Bharati (Sri Vayu Deva’s consort), the goddess of learning and speech, is above other deities like Sri Shesha Deva, Sri Garuda Deva and Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva) and stands next only to her husband, that is, Sri Vayu Deva. 

Thus, Sri Draupadi Devi was Sri Bharati Devi’s avatar and was entitled to marry Bhimasena.  

But, how did she accept Yudhisthira, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva as husbands? 

There is another complex story behind that decision of Sri Draupadi Devi.

Sri Madhvacharya Ji adopts a concept called ‘aavesha avatar’ (part of the avatar, but not a full avatar) in his MTN, which can be roughly described as manifestation of characteristics one person in another person (In simple word amalgamation of different entities). 

For example, Dhritarashtra was originally a Gandharva and hence, a good character. 

But Dhritarashtra due to Kali’s (Kali Yuga’s Kali) ‘aavesha avatar’, Dhritarashtra acted unfairly towards Pandavas. 

Another instance is of Yudhisthira, who being son of Yama Deva was very virtuous. But, due to Kali’s (Kali Yuga’s Kali) ‘aavesha avatar’, he gambled away everything.

The story narrated by Sri Madhvacharya Ji goes like this:

Once, in the presence of Sri Brahma Deva, four female Devis, that is, Sri Parvati Devi, Sri Shachi Devi (Indra’s wife), Sri Shyamala Devi (Yama Deva’s wife) and Sri Usha Devi (wife of Ashwini Kumaras, the twins) misbehaved with their respective husbands. 

For this, Sri Brahma Deva cursed them for their misbehavior to take birth on earth in a common body and receive contact of men other than their respective husbands. (MTN:18:108-111). 

These four Devis together approached Sri Bharati Devi by doing Tapas, who was superior to them in the hierarchy and begged Sri Bharatai Devi to resolve this undesirable situation.

The four Devis deities told Sri Bharati Devi, that they would not want to be touched by any deity other than Sri Vayu Deva. 

These four Devis narrate one more story, which complicates the matter. Once the four Devis appeared before Sri Brahma Deva in a single body (again here amalgamation of four Devis) just to have a good laugh, when Sri Brahma Deva would fail to recognize them as four persons.  

Sri Brahma Deva saw their trick twice, but said nothing and kept quiet. 

The four Devis repeated this jest the third time. 

But now, Sri Brahma Deva cursed them to take birth on the earth three times, in a single body. 

Thus, under the two curses of Sri Brahma Deva, they would have to take births on the earth. 

Under the second curse of Sri Brahma Deva, they are not bound to come in contact with other men. 

The narration becomes more complex with Sri Madhvacharya Ji adding that Sri Draupadi Devi had the ‘aavesha’ of Sri Parvati Devi (MTN:18:105). 

Thus, in her birth as Sri Draupadi Devi, Sri Bharati Devi has four more personalities or ‘aaveshas’ in her.

Together, they take birth as a Brahmin girl and address Tapas to Lord Shiva. 

Lord Shiva appears and blesses them with husbands in a rather peculiar manner: 

“Sri Bharati Devi would attain her prescribed husband, that is, Sri Vayu Deva in all the earthly births, whereas, other Devis would attain their prescribed husbands only in one of the four births.” 

Thus, to some extent, Lord Shiva annuls Sri Brahma Deva’s curse of having to come in physical contact with other men in their earthly birth. 

In this birth as Brahmin girl, they gave up the body without marrying anyone. 

Thus, one human life was spent without a husband. 

In the second birth, they are born to King Nala, known as Indrasena. 

In this birth, they marry the Rishi Mudgala. 

Next birth as Sri Draupadi Devi. 

In MTN there is no explanation of the fourth births, but it has narrated the story of only three births of these Devis.

After some time, Mudgala leaves his wife Indrasena, for doing Tapas. 

Indrasenaa also performs Tapas addressing Lord Shiva to beg the boon of joining their prescribed husbands in the next birth. 

Lord Shiva grants this boon. 

But, out of their ignorance, the four female Devis within Indrasena felt that they would end up with five husbands. 

Indra Deva finds four Devis crying, and inquires about the reason. 

They point out to Lord Shiva, who had come in the form of a bachelor boy and explain the boon given by him. 

When Indra Deva admonishes the bachelor boy for giving such boon, Lord Shiva shows his true self and curses him to take birth on earth. 

This explains the story in Mahabharata of one maiden accidently praying for five husbands.

Brahma Deva curses Lord Shiva for interfering with his curse, to take birth on the earth, and not have the privilege of marrying, but live very long on earth. 

Thus Lord  Shiva is born as Ashwatthama, the son of Drona.

So, did each Pandava enjoy five women in single female body? 

No, according to Sri Madhvacharya Ji. 

Just before the time of marriage, when Pandavas and Drupada debate the propriety of five brothers marrying one woman, Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji intervenes and tells him that the Pandavas are actually Yama, Vayu, Indra, Naasatya and Dasra (last two are Ashwini Kumar twins). 

In his daughter’s body (that is Sri Draupadi Devi’s body) there are five Devis who are in reality wives of these five male deities.

(Note: Both Ashwini Kumars are married to one Devi, that is, Sri Usha Devi.)

Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji grants Drupada supernatural sight with which he sees his daughter standing with five Devis as their wife. (MTN:19:154-156).

Sri Madhvacharya Ji terminates this rather confusing string of stories with the statement from Brahma Deva, that in all matters other than sexual intercourse, Parvati and Bharati will act together. 

Thus, Sri Madhvacharya Ji maintains that though Sri Draupadi Devi had married the Pancha Pandavas, at any given time, she was the niyata patni or prescribed wife for that particular Pandava. 

Hence, the arrangement of Sri Draupadi Devi marrying five Pandavas did not violate any scriptural prescriptions.

Sri Madhvacharya Ji does not also explain, why in the first two births, these four Devis do not get husbands as per the curse of Sri Brahma Deva. 

As Brahmin kanya / maiden, they get no husband at all. 

As Indrasena, they get only one husband. 

There is no reference to the third birth of these female Devis, though some commentators on MTN explain that in the second and third births, the name was Indrasena. 

Thus, the complex explanation proffered in MTN further complicates the matter with Brahma Deva cursing the four Devis, Lord Shiva granting boons to annul Brahma Deva’s curse, Brahma Deva cursing Lord Shiva and so on.

A commentator on MTN goes to the extent of explaining that in the single body of Sri Draupadi Devi, there were four more Devis (besides Sri Bharati Devi), that is, Sri Parvati Devi, Sri Sachi Devi, Sri Shyamala Devi and Sri Usha Devi. 

When Sri Draupadi Devi was living with Yudhisthira, Sri Shyamala Devi (consort of Yama  Deva) would be dominent; 

When Sri Draupadi Devi was living with Arjuna, Sri Sachi Devi (consort of Indra Deva) would be dominant, 

When Sri Draupadi Devi was living with the twins Nakula and Sahadeva, Sri Usha Devi (consort of Ashwini Kumaras) would be dominant.  

Though Sri Parvati Devi had presence in that body, she had no role in matrimonial life. (MTN:19:183). 

When one Devi was active, others would come out of the body. Thus, everyday, they would be reborn as virgins! (Commentary on MTN:19:186).

Finally, Sri Madhvacharya Ji explains that whatever he has stated so far are also found in the Vedas and Puranas.

Even after death, in the heaven Yudhisthira is clearly told by Indra that Sri Draupadi Devi is the prescribed wife of Sri Vayu Deva. 

Both were far superior to Yudhisthira (avatar of Yama Deva) in the hierarchy. 

When Yudhisthira notices Sri Draupadi Devi standing next to Bhimasena (avatar of Sri Vayu Deva) amongst the other deities and tries to reach her, Indra admonishes him and tells that the four Pandavas are neither eligible nor fit to touch Sri Draupadi Devi (That is the Devi present as amalgamation inside in Sri Draupadi Devi, that is, Sri Bharati Devi). (MTN:32:123).

This explanation is not present in any of the Puranas or Mahabharata, there is no such explanation for justifying the Pandava marriage to a single wife.

If we know the Sanatana Dharma, the great Epic Mahabharata is later in point of time, compared to the Great Vedas. 

Vaidika / Vedic society no longer existed. If existed also, it is very minimal.

The Vedas and Mahabharata do not overlap in any manner. 

By the time Mahabharata’s story developed it was the age of empires and kingdoms. 

Smritis and Dharmasutras have developed by then. 

We should always remember that the Vedas present today is of the minimal quantity. We have lost a large amount of Vedas as time has passed.

In Satya Yuga, the quantity of Vedas was different.

Later in the Treta Yuga, the quantity started to diminish.

In Dvapara Yuga, the quantity diminished further.

In the present Kali Yuga, the quantity of Vedas is highly minimal.

Thus we can’t predict that the explanation given by Sri Madhvacharya Ji is correct or half baked.

We need to remember that Sri Madhvacharya is an avatar of Sri Vayu Deva.

The first Avatar of Sri Vayu was Hanuman, son of Anjana Devi. His wonderful feats and service to Lord Rama are described in the RAMAYANA.

To support the different avatars of Sri Vayu Deva, the following shloka explains the same:

प्रथमो हनुमान् नामा द्वितीयो भीम एव च |
पूर्णप्रज्ञः तृतीयस्तु भगवत्कार्य साधकः ||

ಪ್ರಥಮೋ ಹನುಮಾನ್ ದ್ವಿತೀಯೋ ಭೀಮ ಏವ ಚ । 
ಪೂರ್ಣಪ್ರಜ್ಞ ತೃತೀಯಸ್ಟು ಭಗವದ್ಕಾರ್ಯ ಸಾಧಕಃ ।।

prathamō hanumān dvitīyō bhīma ēva ca।
pūrṇaprajña tr̥tīyasṭu bhagavadkārya sādhakaḥ।।

The second Avatar is of Sri Bhimasena. In Dwapara Yuga, Sri Vayu Deva appeared as Bhimasena and played the most important part in the destruction of the enemies of God.

(First avatar was of Hanuman in the Treta Yuga and third is Sri Madhvacharya JI in the Kali Yuga.)

In the entire Mahabharata, Bhimasena played the most important role. Bhima is the one who never slipped from the path of Dharma / righteousness and served Bhagavan Sri Krishna throughout his life.

Thus, Sri Vayu Deva served Bhagavan as Hanuman in Ramayana, 

As Bhimasena in Krishna avatar,

As Sri Madhvacharya Ji (Poornapragna), serving Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji.

(Yes, Sri Madhvacharya Ji is still leaving in Badrikashrama along with Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji.)

Sri Madhvacharya Ji is the greatest Dharma preacher and benefactor of mankind. 

This, in short, is the story of ‘Avatara Traya’, that is, the three avatars of Sri Vayu Deva.

Thus one should conclude that whatever Sri Madhvacharya Ji has said, is in line with the Dharma and there is no second thought of it.

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