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Best kept secrets of the Mahabharata?

Most of the people here will be aware of the fact that Draupadi had married all the Pandavas and thus having 5 husbands, but there are some stories and anecdotes behind this which most people are unaware of.

Draupadi was destined to have 5 husbands from her previous life. Draupadi in her previous life, when she was known as Nalyani, (Daughter of Nala and Damayanti) prayed to Lord Shiva and got a boon of having a husband with 14 qualities(wisdom, strength, archery, looks, love, etc) . Lord Shiva acclaimed that no man can have all these 14 qualities, but on Draupadi's perseverance Shiva agreed that she will be granted her wishes in the next birth. The 5 pandavas had all these 14 qualities.

It was not all Krishna saving Draupadi at the cheer-haran. According to Shiva Puran, it was also a boon by Saint Druvasa. The story goes that the sage’s loincloth was once carried away by the Ganga. Draupadi quickly tore a piece of her garment to cover him. The sage granted her a boon, which caused an unending stream of cloth to cover her when Dushasan was trying to strip her.

Draupadi had a clause. After Draupadi agreed to be the common wife, her condition was that she would share her household with no other woman. In other words, disregarding popular practice of the times, the Pandavas could not bring their other wives to Indraprastha. Arjuna, however, made an exception as one his other 3 wives was Krishna’s sister, Subhadra. And with a little advise from Krishna, she was able to trick her way into the household.

Draupadi regained her virginity. This is something I was really surprised to find out, basically when Narad Muni finds out that Drupadi is living with all 5 husbands at one time, he suggests that should rather be intimate with only of one of them for a year in turns and be the Sister-in-law for the other. Also, she was given a boon from... (you guessed it right) Lord Shiva that she will regain her virginity periodically (some sources say in an year, some say in a day), so when she was to change her husband after a year, she was virgin for her new husband.

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