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The birth of Draupadi

King Drupada, who was humbled by Drona, was living in one half of his erstwhile kingdom. The desire to take revenge on Drona was burning in Drupada’s heart. But he realised that Kshatriya power alone was not enough to subdue Drona. He needed brahmin power as well.
Drupada approached the sages Yaja and Upayaja and with their help performed a sacrifice for obtaining a son who would have the strength and knowledge to kill Drona. Drupada was amply rewarded for his efforts. Out of the sacrificial fire came a male and a female child. The male was born with an armour (dyumna) and looked big and majestic. He was named Drishtadyumna. This prince, when he grew up, ironically, learned weaponry from Drona himself, whom he was destined to slay.
The female child was radiant, with big eyes, long hair and sharp features. Since she had a dark complexion, she was named Krishna (dark). Better known as Draupadi, the daughter of Drupada, this child grew up to be a very accomplished princess. When she came of age, Drupada wanted to find a suitable husband for her. He arranged a Swayamvara.


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