Hi guys actually I was depressed by the negative cmnts which was spread here abt draupadi… So I thought to read one analysis abt her…so thought to share with u all here…hope u l like it…please say ur views n another thing u can keep ur requests for character sketch like this for ur fav characters… I l post it as soon as possible……this is diff from the cmnt I posted abt draupadi ya that too one of the analysis abt her but this analysis is different
So here our draupadi analysis go……
When Draupadi Speaks…
As one of the most significant characters in the Mahabharata, Draupadi has always fascinated me. Each time I read about her, I tried to decipher Mahabharata – and the events that follow – from her perspective. I also look for a more powerful and unique version of this character every time when reading about this fascinating woman.
Birth from the sacrificial fire
Last month, I got the opportunity to read The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni as the book came to me as a gift from a dear colleague. The novel, narrated by Panchali – as she preferred to be addressed by that name – takes us back to a time that is partly history, partly mythology – the Mahabharata that is seen through her eyes. In just one word if I am asked to describe the book, I would say it’s ‘mesmerizing’.
In a sense, I believe, her birth itself is tragic, her story is complex. You cannot easily tag her as the archetypal “good and faithful wife” like that of a Sita or a Savitri. In the book, The Palace of Illusions, Panchali takes us to the journey to her special birth where she was born of the sacrificial fire, in which her father prayed for a son to support him in defeating his rival Drona – which means, she was born unwanted from the sacrificial fire.
Just like her unsolicited birth from the fire – followed by a lonely childhood at her father’s palace, throughout her journey, Panchali comes through as a woman of fierce independence – striving to balance her passions against her errands. Her wit and intelligence, matches to that of her ‘sakha’ or friend Krishna’s – which was a rare phenomenon and she was also gifted with questioning abilities and logic, unlike the passive woman. Even though she was forced into a polyandrous marriage (more so by her mother-in-law, who could have come to her rescue), she could not overcome her partiality for Arjuna, who won her hand – which is quite justified. But even though she loved Arjuna unconditionally, she remained a tragic queen for our hero had plenty of other relationships and showed great indifference towards her.
However, she had the resilience to strongly support her husbands’ even during their years in exile. Amidst her greatest humiliation at Dhritarashtra’s court, she had the strength to question the elders, about the very concept of their dharma, which nobody had the courage to.
In Divakaruni’s book, her devotion flanking on love for Lord Krishna came across in a very candid and hearty manner. The description of the battle, her secret approbation for Karna, the exile, the forbidding justice of war and finally a lonely death on the way to Mahaprasthana – have been depicted in a way that is simple and intriguing. A powerful, yet romantic and witty side of Draupadi come alive, which always remained unexplored.
For more than one reason, the author was successful in weaving a magical world of our greatest epic told from the point of view of Panchali, who will always remain a mystery, a controversy queen and never a role model like Sita in our society.
NOTE: this is not an analysis written by me…..this is the analysis I found n Google n thought to share with u all hope u enjoy….
by urs priya
Credit to: Thanmathi