(The reason behind Draupadi having five husbands, as elucidated by Sri Madhwacharyaru - Part 2)

Date : Aug 17, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

Why Draupati had five husbands as explained by Sri Madhwacharyaru is described in Mantralaya(1051).


In the preceding articles from Mantralaya, we delved into the narrative of Sachi Devi, Shyamala Devi, Usha, and Parvati, examining the repercussions of their past actions. Their mistake of testing Bharama and displaying improper behavior had far-reaching consequences, setting the stage for a significant trial they would undergo in their fourth and impending births.

In this series our attention will be directed towards understanding the profound implications of Bharam's curse and its subsequent impact. We will closely examine the initial three incarnations of Sachi Devi, Shyamala Devi, Usha, and Parvati, tracing their journeys and the challenges they faced. Additionally, we will delve into the pivotal role played by Bharati Devi in aiding them during these lifetimes

In accordance with Lord Brahma's curse, Sachi Devi, Shyamala Devi, Usha, and Parvati were born as VipraKanyas in the Treta Yuga, as a daughter of Brahmin. This is the first birth after Lord Brahma's curse. As per Bharati Devi's promise, she entered within the body of VipraKanya's form, uniting with Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati Devi.Inside the VipraKanya, the divine presence of Bharati Devi and the other goddesses remained intertwined. As one entity, they embarked on a profound Tapasya, engaging in deep meditation and penance to seek boons from Lord Shiva. Their heartfelt prayers were focused on being in contact only with their rightful husbands in their future births.Within the VipraKanya's form, Bharati Devi performed her own Tapasya dedicated to Sri Lord Narayana, who resided within Lord Shiva. With unwavering devotion, she sought the blessings of Lord Narayana for their noble cause.Overwhelmed by the genuine and sincere Tapasya of the divine souls within the VipraKanya, Lord Shiva was deeply moved. With great compassion and benevolence, He granted their heartfelt wish, ensuring that in their future births, Sachi Devi, Shyamala Devi, Usha, and Parvati Devi would be connected only with their rightful husbands.

In their second birth, the divine souls of Sachi Devi, Shyamala Devi, Usha, and Parvati incarnated as Nala Nandini, the daughter of King Nala. Embarking on a new journey in the human realm, they carried with them the essence of their celestial virtues and the blessings granted by Bharati Devi and Shiva

In their third birth, the divine souls took on the form of Indra Sena. Mudgala Rushi, a wise sage, married Indra Sena. To address the question of how Mudgala Rushi came in contact with Indra Sena after marriage, Sri Acharya Madhwaru clarifies that Lord Vayu Devaru, in an active form, entered inside the body of Mudgala Rushi, while Mudgala Rushi remained in a neutral state.

Throughout their married life, Lord Vayu Devaru stayed within Mudgala Rushi's body, ensuring that only he would be in contact with Bharati Devi. As a result, Sachi Devi, Shyamala Devi, Usha, and Parvati Devi, who were in an inactive state within Indra Sena's form, were not affected by any dosha (blemish) due to the touch of Lord Vayu Devaru.

This divine arrangement safeguarded their commitment to Pati Vrutya and allowed them to fulfill their righteous path without any hindrance, as they remained untouched by any other being during their time on Earth.

As Vayu Amsha departed from Mudgala Rushi, he retreated to the forest for deep meditation and spiritual contemplation. Similarly, Indra Sena, the collective soul of Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati Devi, went to a different location to engage in her own profound Tapasya (penance) and spiritual practices.

Indra Sena, the collective souls of Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati Devi once again engaged in deep Tapasya to Lord Shiva. Impressed by their unwavering devotion, Shiva appeared before them, ready to grant their boons.

Unaware of their shared existence, each of them prayed individually for the presence of their respective husbands in their next birth. Responding to their prayers, Shiva heard their requests four times, one for each of them—Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati Devi.
Their heartfelt desires were crystal clear, as they longed to have their husbands by their side in their upcoming earthly incarnation. The divine souls yearned for the companionship, love, and support of their beloved spouses, seeking to share their lives with them in the human realm.

Indeed, in response to their individual prayers, Lord Shiva graciously granted their wishes four times, assuring them, "Yes, you will get your husband."

Unaware of their collective existence within one body, Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati Devi misunderstood Shiva's response. Believing that they would have four separate husbands in their upcoming birth, they were overcome with sorrow and started to cry. Their hearts were filled with anxiety, fearing the prospect of managing multiple husbands, and they felt burdened by the thought of such a complex situation.

Their tears were a reflection of their genuine concern and the emotional weight of the perceived situation. Little did they know that the divine plan held a different truth, and that they were destined to be united as one entity in their earthly incarnation, sharing a profound and harmonious journey together.

The emotions ran deep as Indra noticed Indra Sena's tears and inquired about her distress. She explained that Shiva had granted a boon, supposedly allowing her to have four husbands due to their innocence and deep meditation. Indra became furious at the thought of such a seemingly cheap and inappropriate boon for a woman.

In his anger, Indra confronted Shiva, demanding an explanation for granting such a boon. Unfortunately, Shiva misunderstood Indra's reaction and felt hurt by his lack of trust. As a result, Shiva, in a moment of frustration, cursed Indra to be born as a human on Earth. This curse led to Indra's reincarnation as the mighty warrior Arjuna later.

In the twist of fate, Shiva deceived Indra by falsely claiming that there were other gods hiding in fear of his wrath. Believing Shiva's lie, Indra went to the foothill and encountered Vayu Devaru, Yama, and Ashwini Devatas, who were indeed meditating to prepare for their forthcoming human incarnations when Lord Narayana would take birth as Krishna.

Upon witnessing this, Brahma arrived at the scene and grew angry with Shiva for his deceitful behavior. As a consequence, Brahma cursed Shiva to be born as a human being and to suffer defeat at the hands of an individual from India. Thus, Shiva was reborn as Ashwatthama, who eventually faced defeat at the hands of Arjuna.

Brahma was further displeased with Shiva for overriding his curse on the divine souls (Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati Devi), allowing them to have contact with their husband. As a result, Brahma pronounced that, except for Shiva, all of the gods would be with their wives in their next life.

In the upcoming series of Mantralaya, our focus will shift to the fourth and ultimate incarnation of Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati Devi, embodied in the form of Draupadi. This fascinating exploration will unravel the culmination of their profound journey, shedding light on the pivotal role Draupadi played in their collective destiny. Stay tuned as we uncover the divine tapestry woven by their interactions, choices, and ultimate purpose.

The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach Sri Hari  - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be disappointed.”