Hindu Mythology Meme | Couples 1/6: Draupadi & Yudhishtir
Draupadi had a different relationship with each of her husbands. She and Bhim were kindred spirits, alike in their fiery spirit and intuitive, swift action. With Arjun, she had the most passion - it was he who won her hand at the swayamvar, and that initial attraction lived on forever. Of late, it’s her relationship with Yudhishtir that intrigues me most. It is arguably the most tense because they are the least similar in terms of personality. She is all about justice and payback, and he believes in forgiving and forgetting. They are the literal representation of Krishna’s “shaurya aur dhairya” (valor and patience) dialogue about husbands and wives in Starbharat, and that is what makes their relationship so special.
He errs along the way by completely losing sight of his priorities in the dice match and foolishly extending forgiveness to people who would go on to offend again. On occasion, she expresses exasperation at being the wife of someone so drastically her opposite… but what’s an interesting couple without a fair share of conflict?
As their exile progresses and they eventually win back the kingdom that’s rightfully theirs, you see that somewhere beneath all the tension, they had a profound impact on each other. If she and Arjun love each other most, and she and Bhim are most alike, she and Yudhishtir balance one another out and teach each other to look at things from a different perspective. When the time comes for war against those who had wronged his family, he plunges into battle without worrying that his revered relatives like Bhishma and teachers like Drona were on the other side. He has very little martial skill, no divine weapons, and yet no fear or hesitation either - merely the confidence in fighting for a just cause that she had instilled in him over the years.
She, on the other hand, picks up his tendency to forgive which initially irritates her about him. The first sign of this change comes towards the end of their exile. Jayadrath attempts to abduct her and Bhim is ready to kill him, and though she’s initially on board with it, the thought of sparing their cousin Dushala the misery of widowhood makes her change her mind. Then, there is the ultimate act of forgiveness that the Bhagavata Puran attributes to her - when Ashwatthama mistakes her sons for the senior Pandavas and kills them to avenge Duryodhan’s death, she lets him live. The man who murdered her children. All because she thinks of the pain it would cause his mother, and moreover she wants to break the cycle of violence once and for all that had already cost the lives of so many loved. In spite of all his missteps and their ideological disagreements, she unknowingly transfers some of her passion for justice to her husband and his compassion rubs off on her. Eventually those two seemingly mismatched qualities come together to reign over period of peace in the kingdom that generations before them could not bring about.
Holy moly. Well, wasn’t that one hell of a chapter? I don’t know about you guys but I myself had to stop every few minutes just to remember to breathe.
HnR continues it’s streak on delivering the cute (in the form of my OTP) but of course, there are always the underlying reminders of the past coming back to throw a curve ball at our protagonist. But dramatics aside, this truly was a sweet chapter for Suzume and Mamura shippers out there as their relationship continues to bloom, even with all the baggage of their past relations always at their toes.
As per usual, spoilers after the cut!
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