While the stars are growing dim in the pre-dawn sky, the matriarch of Kuru dynasty — Satyavati — arrives on the battlefield of Kurukshetra to hold a discussion with Kunti, Gandhari, Draupadi and Rukmini.

The plot of a book ‘Mahabharatee — Five women who held court before the war’ celebrates International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme — #EachforEqual. While the men of Kuru dynasty have divided themselves on the battlefield, the women are united for a discussion. Mahamata Satyavati is determined to bring a peaceful settlement to prevent the war in her dynasty. On the other hand, Draupadi, burning in…


A story of Mahabharata depicts many empowered female characters. Most importantly it also depicts a male character who plays a role of a pioneer of woman empowerment. On the occasion of Krishnashtami let’s unfold the character of Krishna as a true pioneer of woman empowerment.

Krishna is the central character of Mahabharata. He is considered as an incarnation of Vishnu being a sustainer of good values. Ramayana, the other great epic, tries to elicit Ram, who is also considered as an incarnation of Vishnu, as ‘Perfect Personality’. However, unlike Ramayana, Mahabharata elicits Krishna as a man of progressive thoughts who…


Krishna is a nephew of Kunti, much younger to her. However, her relationship with Krishna is much more, above all the human relationships.

Krishna meets Kunti for the first time after Draupadi Swayamvara. At that point of time Kunti is in dilemma. She has accidentally ordered her sons to share her daughter-in-law. But looking at her four sons she realizes that they want to follow her order. Until then ‘to share a wife’ is something unusual, rather never heard of. Kunti is confused — is she right? And here Krishna comes to her help. He understands Kunti’s point of view…


We can say that Kunti’s motherhood is like a moon — lustrous and glorious because as a mother of Pandava. However, it also has a dark spot due to her motherhood to Karna — her premarital child.

Unknown of serious effects, Kunti uses Mantra given by Durvasa, simply out of her childhood curiosity. One morning gazing at the sun, she calls forth God of Sun with use of Mantra. God of Sun appears before her and begets a son. A son is born with the golden armor covering his chest and the golden earrings. Afraid of her social status and…


A character of Kunti is a portrait of heroic motherhood on a canvas of Mahabharata story. Let’s analyze the hexagon of her motherhood.

Kunti and Yudhishthira:

Yudhishthira is son of Kunti begotten by invoking Lord of Law (Dharma) with consent of Pandu. Being eldest among Pandu’s sons, he is rightful claimant for Kuru throne. It can be said that Kunti has made a right choice of invoking Lord of Law, who is known for inherent qualities of a lawful king among all Gods, for the future king of Kuru throne.

Yudhishthira is known for his nobility, knowledge of Dharma and…


While we celebrate Mother’s day, let’s unfold a character of Kunti that is a portrait of heroic motherhood on a canvas of Mahabharata story.

The remarkable attribute of Kunti’s character is that she has successfully done single-parenting of all five sons including twins of Madri. In fact, one can clearly observe that Kunti is more affectionate towards twins of Madri and has never been harsh on them. After a death of Pandu and Madri, Kunti goes back to her in-laws house. She then realizes soon that while common citizens of Kuru reign admire virtues of her sons, her nephews under…


Draupadi is a common wife of Pandava, the valiant heroes of Kurukshetra war. Draupadi is a dutiful wife but certainly not a submissive. She possesses all the austerities of a traditional wife with her integrity and fidelity. Draupadi judges each of Pandava acutely and builds up a unique kind of relationship with each one; this makes her character exceptional.

Draupadi and Yudhishthira:

Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava, is valorized for being a truthful person and an upholder of rules. Draupadi respects him for his rare qualities as a king, who establishes a reign of Dharma. As a wife of Yudhishthira, Draupadi…


A truly heart touching story — Not without my sister Draupadi!

Draupadi and Drishtadyumna are twin siblings born out of a fire sacrifice. The fire sacrifice is performed by Drupad with a desire to get a son who will take a revenge of his insult by killing his rival — Drona. Draupadi and Drishtadyumna can be seen as masculine and feminine forms to take revenge desired by Drupad. A birth of Draupadi and Drishtadyumna out of the same fire sacrifice also manifests a fact that the nature is impartial about a gender. There is no gender discrimination in a natural…


Draupadi — An uninvited girl who rose to become a symbol of the power and dignity of her mighty maiden

Draupadi, a fire born girl, is an epitome of womanhood. Draupadi is a daughter of Drupad, a king of a prominent kingdom of Panchala and a common wife of Pandava, the valiant heroes of Kurukshetra war. However, the identity of Draupadi is not limited to being a daughter of a king or being a wife of heroes. With a remarkable strength of her character, Draupadi can be considered as female ‘Hero’ of a story of Mahabharata. She is such a…


Rukmini — A rebel girl who rose to be an idol of fortune.

Rukmini is a principal wife and a queen of Krishna. She is the one who has brought sanctity in marital relationship and thereby, divinity to the role of a wife. The only daughter of Bhishmaka — a king of Kaudinyapur, she is blessed with divine beauty like a flower of lotus in autumn. She epitomizes independence and individualism. The turning point of her life is an episode of Swayamvara wherein she enforces her right of ‘self-choice’ in spite of pressure from her sibling. …

Shruti Hajirnis — Gupte

Author of MAHABHARATEE — Five women who held court before the war; CA professional, lover of literature, Bharathanatiyam dancer, mother of a toddler

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