King Yayati wanted to enjoy the pleasures of life for long and demanded that his sons trade their youth for his old age. Puru, his youngest son, satisfied his father’s lust for life by sacrificing his youth.
King Shantanu fell in love with a fisherwoman at an advanced stage of his life. His son, Devavrata, ensured that his father’s desire was satisfied even though it meant he would have to sacrifice his kingship and sex life forever!
Why do we find dominating fathers and submissive sons in Indian stories?
The great Indian epic, the Mahabharata, is full of riddles, puzzles and dilemmas. The epic poses several intriguing problems that make us wonder, who was right and who was wrong, who was good and who was bad…
But the one big question about the epic that baffles us no end is about Draupadi….
Why did she have five husbands?
Was Draupadi a victim of fraternal polyandry – a system where all the brothers in a family married the same woman to prevent land fragmentation?
Or was this Kunti’s idea to use Draupadi as the glue to keep her sons struck together?
Or, was poor Draupadi merely a pawn in the game fought by Pandavas and Kauravas for land?
Watch the video to know the answer to the trickiest riddle posed by the Mahabharata!