Story – When Dhritarashtra intervenes and grants Draupadi three wishes

The only Kauravas who object to the disrobing of Draupadi in the court are Vikarna and Vidura. Vidura openly calls Duryodhana a snake and a demon, but after finding no support, even from his own brother, Vidura is helpless. Draupadi herself verbally eviscerates the entire court, threatening that once Drupada heard of his daughter’s insult, he would tear Hastinapur to the ground. Just as she is about to curse the Kuru dynasty, she is interrupted by the queen mother Gandhari. Gandhari counsels Dhritarashtra to action. Also fearing retribution from Panchal, Dhritarashtra intervenes and grants Draupadi three wishes. In her first wish, Draupadi asks that her husbands be freed from bondage so her sons would not be called slaves. In her second wish, she asks for all the wealth Pandavas lost in the dice game to be restored to them. When Dhritarashtra asks her for her third wish, she reminds him that a kshatriya woman can seek only two wishes, three would be a sign of greediness. The Pandavas and Draupadi return to Indraprastha , only to receive another invitation for a game of dice, in which the loser would be given an exile of 12 years followed by a year of Agnathavas. Yudhishtira yet again accepts the invitation and loses, and goes on an exile with his brothers and wife Draupadi.

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