What is Arjuna pilgrimage story | Arjuna rescuing cows story | Why was Arjuna so dear to Krishna | Importance of keeping one’s word
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We all know that the Pandavas left their kingdom for 13 long years for keeping up their word!
Well, for Arjuna staying away from the bhogas (material indulgences) for the sake of truth, was not new. He did it once well before their forest exile. The story goes like this:
The marriage of Pandavas with Draupadi Devi was an unusual one as per the ordinary men are concerned. However, it was perfect according to Dharma Shastras (Hindu Texts).
In fact Draupadi Devi is one of the greatest pativratas (Panchakanya) and praised even by Lord (Sage) Sri Vedavyasa and Lord Sri Krishna for her Dharma works.
A few reasons to justify the marriage of Draupadi and Pandavas are as given below:
1. Kunti Devi, the mother of Pandavas, who never knew what a lie was, gave her will and wish to marry Draupadi Devi.
2. Lord (Sage) Sri Vedavyasa, one of the avatar of Lord Sri Vishnu, ordered the marriage to be done and he also said that this marriage is ethical as per Hindu Shastras (Texts).
3. Lord Shiva, pleased with Draupadi’s tapas (penance), gave a boon to Draupadi Devi to marry the five Pandavas.
4. Pandavas, though were five physically, were all amshas (ansh) (parts) of avatar of Lord Sri Yama Deva (Yudhishthira), Lord Sri Vayu Deva (Bhima), Lord Sri Indra Deva (Arjuna), Ashwini Kumaras (Nakula and Sahadeva).
5. And also, Draupadi is the amalgamation of five great divine Devis (and not a single personality), that is, Goddess Sri Bharati Devi (Vayu / Bhima’s wife), Goddess Sri Parvati Devi (Shiva’s wife),
Goddess Sri Shyamala Devi (Yama / Yudhishthira’s wive), Goddess Sri Sachi Devi (Indra / Arjuna’s wife) and Goddess Sri Usha Devi (Ashiwini Kumaras / Nakula and Sahadeva’s wife).
6. Narada Maharshi, suggested some rules to be followed by Pandavas and Draupadi for living together after marriage.
This is because, though they were avatars of Devatas (Demigods) and Goddesses, since they had a human form, some additional rules according to Sanatana Dharma Shastras (Hindu Texts) needed to be followed.
One of the rules was that: Draupadi Devi should spend one year with each of the Pandavas and while she was with one of them, no other Pandavas should visit the palace where they might be.
In case of any breach of their rule, one-year pilgrimage was prescribed by way of penance leaving the kingdom.
The Pandavas and Draupadi Devi were living happily until one day: a Brahmana (Brahmin) came running to Arjuna saying that the thieves had stolen his cows.
Arjuna wanted to rush with him to catch the thieves, but he realized that his bow and arrows were kept in Yudhishthira’s palace and he was there in the company of Draupadi Devi.
Arjuna hesitated for a while, then seeing Brahmana’s plight he rushed in to Yudhisthira’s palace took his bow and arrows and came out to catch the thieves.
After he caught the thieves and punished them, after restoring the cows of the Brahmana, Arjuna came back to Yudhisthira and told him about his transgression of the rule.
Yudhishthira, knowing the reason of the breach of their rule, said there is no need for Arjuna to take the pilgrimage. Since it is a mistake committed towards him, and that too for a good reason, he will pardon Arjuna.
However, Arjuna would never break his word. He immediately set out for a one-year pilgrimage. May be because of this reason, Arjuna is such a favorite friend of Lord Sri Krishna.
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