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Story – Five Husbands of Draupadi and The Boon of Shiva

Draupadi had five husbands in the Mahabharata. There are numerous stories that indicate why Draupadi had five husbands. One story links it with a boon given by Lord Shiva.


Legend has it that Draupadi performed intense austerities to please Shiva to get an honest, strong, skilled, handsome and intelligent husband. Shiva who is not used to the ways of the world blessed her with five husbands with a quality she asked for.

Thus Draupadi got Yudhisthira who was honest; Bhim who was strong; Arjun who was skilled; Nakul who was handsome and Sahadeva who was intelligent as her husbands.

This story is narrated to prove that Shiva is Bholenath who is ignorant of worldly ways. He is bliss, pure, ignorant of the ways of the society.

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