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Amba becomes Sikhandin

Amba could hardly wait for her next birth. She set fire to herself to end her present life. Her next birth was as the daughter of Drupada, the King of Panchala.
Drupada, who had no male issue, prayed intensely to Siva for a son. The god granted him his wish, adding, “The child you get would be a female first, and then a male.”
A female child was born to Drupada’s queen. But the queen, knowing that her husband was longing for a male issue, misinformed him that the new born child was a son. Drupada believed her words and the child, named Sikhandin, was brought up as a prince. She was even taught warfare under the great teacher Drona who took her to be a prince. When Sikhandin came of age, Drupada wanted to get his ‘son’ married. The daughter of King Hiranyavarman of the Dasarnas was chosen as the bride.
Soon after the wedding, Hiranyavarman received news from his daughter that Sikhandin was a girl. In anger, he vowed to kill both Drupada and Sikhandin. Hiranyavarman marched a huge army towards Panchala.

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