053. Pandavas and Kurus
the Pandava (Sanskrit: पाण्डव pāṇḍavaḥ; also, Pandawa) are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu (Sanskrit: पांडु), by his two wives Kunti and Madri. Their names are Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. Although, Karna is told by Lord Krishna that according to the laws and ethics he is the first son of Kunti making him the eldest Pandava. Hence, he is also a Pandava and one could say that there were six pandavas instead of five. All 5 brothers were married to the same woman, Draupadi
Draupadi aka Panchali (daughter of Panchal’s king), Lord Krishna’s cherished adoptive sister. The great epic text Mahabhrata describes how Krishna ran to help her when she was being disrobed before her husbands – the mighty Pandavas, her in-laws and the entire Kingdom of Hastinapur by her vile and scheming brother-in-laws (the Kauravas) after her husbands lost her to the Kauravas in the famous game of dice. Krishna even played a key role in restoring her dignity and lost wealth of the Pandavas.
Draupadi prays to Krishna: "Krishna!" she cried. "O Govinda! O Keshava! O beloved of the gopis and Lord of Vrindavana! O Janardana, You are the destroyer of all affliction. I am sinking into the Kaurava ocean. O Lord, O soul of the universe, O creator of the world, save me! I am distressed and losing my senses in this evil assembly!"~Mahabharata
''This awesome cave is believed to be as old as the earth itself.'' Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a limestone cave temple in Bhubneshwar village of Uttarakhand. It is believed that the cave has thirty three crore Gods in it, along with Lord Shiva. It is not just one cave, but a group of caves within caves and according to beliefs the Pandava brothers are said to have spent some time here during their exile.
“Behind them walked the only living thing that shared their pilgrimage, the dog” (UTV, 125). Draupadi, wife of all five Pandava brothers, follows them to Meru, the abode of Hindu gods, when they renounce the world; they are led by Yudhisthira and accompanied by his favourite dog. From the Persian version of the Mahabharata via University of Otago.