( Bhima's decision not to claim victory in Draupadi's marriage contest, details of Bhishm and Amba - Part 2)

Date Sep 28, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

Why BheemaSena Devaru did not win the contest of Drupati to marry her and Amba’s details about Bhishma described in Mantralaya(1057). This is the continuation of Mantralaya-1056


In the Mantralaya series, episode 1056 revealed that BhimaSena Devaru made the decision to send Arjuna to participate in Draupadi's marriage competition. He did so with the intention of ensuring that Arjuna received the recognition he deserved. We also began exploring the second reason behind this decision.In this context, we revisited Amba's journey, marked by feelings of dejection and her deep-seated blame towards Bhishma for the course her life had taken. Amba's encounter with Lord Shiva had resulted in a significant boon: she would transform into a male and ultimately become the cause of Bhishma's demise. Additionally, Lord Shiva had gifted her an ever-fresh garland, destined to play a role in Bhishma's fate.Amba's attempts to find a powerful king willing to wear the garland had all ended in rejection. In her despair, she left the garland at Drupada's palace and contemplated ending her own life.

Now, let's delve into what unfolds next.

Some time later, Ambika gave birth to Dhritrashtra, while Ambalika gave birth to Pandu. Dhritrashtra's offspring came to be known as the Kauravas, whereas Pandu's sons were called the Pandavas.

In the meantime, Amba's soul patiently awaits the opportune moment and place for its rebirth.
King Drupada fervently desired to have a son and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva through his prayers. Pleased with Drupada's devotion, Lord Shiva granted his request, foretelling the birth of a female child who would later become male. In accordance with Lord Shiva's divine blessing, Amba was born as Drupada's daughter and was named Shikhandini.

Shikhandini (formerly Amba), burdened by the memories of her previous life, felt a deep wellspring of pain, anger, and frustration. She couldn't forget the past and the injustice she believed she had suffered. In a poignant act of determination, she retrieved the garland she had placed at King Drupada's palace during her earlier life as Amba.

Every day, Shikhandini would gaze upon the garland, keeping it close to her, all the while patiently waiting for the opportune moment to fulfill her purpose.

King Drupada raised Shikhandini (formerly Amba) as a male child, performing rituals like ChouLa and Upanayana to transform her gender identity. As time went by, King Drupada made the decision to arrange a marriage for his daughter, Shikhandini.

Princess of the Dashaarna Kingdom, Hiranyaverma, was chosen as Shikhandini's bride. However, after the marriage, the truth emerged that Shikhandini was not biologically male. This revelation led the wife of Shikhandini to approach her father with the startling discovery.

The King of Dashaarna, Hiranyaverma, is consumed by anger and directs his fury at King Drupada, berating him for what he perceives as ruining his daughter's future by marrying her to someone who is not a man. Shikhandini, caught in the middle of this turmoil, is not only saddened by her own predicament but also deeply affected by the humiliation her father, Drupada, has endured.

Overwhelmed by her despair, Shikhandini decides to seek solace in the solitude of the forest. There, she crosses paths with a compassionate Gandharva named Tumburu. Tumburu, sensing her pain, kindly encourages Shikhandini to confide in him, promising to provide whatever help he can. Shikhandini opens her heart to the empathetic Gandharva, who, in turn, shares in her pain as if it were his own.

Tumburu, deeply moved by Shikhandini's suffering, makes a remarkable and selfless sacrifice. He offers to exchange his own human body for hers, transforming Shikhandini into Shikhandi—a male with some female qualities. This extraordinary act of compassion alters Shikhandi's destiny, bestowing upon them a new identity and a fresh beginning in life.

Shikhandi, now possessing a male body while retaining female qualities, returns to his kingdom and reunites with his father-in-law, King Hiranyaverma of Dashaarna. The king, upon observing the transformation in his son-in-law, is overwhelmed with shame for his earlier harshness and prejudice. Recognizing Shikhandi as a man, Hiranyaverma regrets his past actions.With this newfound understanding and acceptance, a sense of reconciliation prevails, and both Hiranyaverma and King Drupada return to their respective kingdoms, bridging the divide that had once separated them.

In time, Draupadi miraculously emerges from the sacred fire, following the birth of Dhristadyumna, whom King Drupada sought to have as a son destined to vanquish Dronacharya.As destiny weaves its intricate threads, the grand Swayamvara of Draupadi is announced, attracting kings and warriors from far and wide.In a poignant and symbolic gesture, Shikhandi offers Draupadi the very garland that Lord Shiva had granted in another lifetime when they were Amba. This garland, imbued with divine significance. Shikhandi asked Draupadi to place it on the man who would prove victorious and win her hand in marriage during this Swayamvara. This set the stage for a pivotal moment

Bhimasena, with his profound wisdom, possessed a deep understanding of these intricate matters. He was not just a warrior; he embodied the essence of Bhagavata Dharma, the path of devotion to the divine.

Bhimasena held a sacred vow in his heart: he would never harm a devotee of Lord Krishna, who is none other than Lord Vishnu Himself. Bhishma, renowned for bestowing upon us the sacred Vishnu SahasraNama, was a devoted follower of Krishna.

Given Bhimasena's unwavering commitment to this principle, he made a resolute decision. Bhimasena could not accept the garland from Draupadi, as it symbolized the past and, in his eyes, going against his sacred vow meant he would never kill Bhishma. Consequently, he chose not to participate in the contest, as it was intertwined with this complex web of devotion and destiny.

There's another crucial aspect to consider in Bhimasena's decision. He chose to honor Lord Shiva's divine boon, recognizing its profound significance. It was imperative for Bhishma to meet his end, as Bhimasena was aware of the intricate connection between Amba, originally the wife of Vasu Dyaus, who incarnated as Bhishma (We will cover Bhishma's past life in one of the upcoming articles). Fulfilling Amba's vow held the promise of reuniting them, and this divine purpose compelled Bhimasena to respect Lord Shiva's boon.

Indeed, the underlying reason for Arjuna stringing the bow ahead of Bhimasena was that Arjuna was destined to be the one to bring about Bhishma's end, not Bhimasena. This profound aspect of destiny and duty guided their actions during the contest for Draupadi's hand in marriage.

Bhimasena Devaru holds a revered place in the Mahabharata, as Bhimasena is the incarnation of Lord Hanumanth Devaru. Bhimasena Devaru is also renowned for his unwavering devotion to Sri Krishna.What's truly astonishing is that the very Bhimasena Devaru later assumed the role of Sri MadhwaCharyaru. Through his writings, he meticulously unraveled the complexities of the Mahabharata, providing clear explanations and insights, making the epic's intricacies more accessible to all.

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.”