Draupadi & Prayers of Protection

If the grand story of the Mahabharata is the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, then the Bhagavad Gita is “Street Fighting Man.” It gets all the ubiquitous radio play; maybe you’ve even heard it in a commercial, definitely in a Martin Scorsese movie. You likely know the words, even the harmonies, without having had to try at all to memorize them. The story of Draupadi is one of the less played tracks, perhaps “Salt of the Earth,” tucked away on the end of the second side of the album. Let’s throw it on the turntable and take a listen: Move over Arjuna! Draupadi is also the hero of this epic Hindu narrative. She is described as the “fire-born” daughter of King Drupada. She is stunningly beautiful and decidedly dark-skinned. I’m no social media expert, but I’m willing to bet that her Instagram would be on par with Rihanna’s. She is the common wife of the Brothers Pandava, men of wealth and taste, the good guys in the famous battle in the Bhagavad Gi

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