Drupada, aka: Dru-pada, Drupāda; 6 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Drupada (द्रुपद):—Son of Pṛṣata (the youngest son of Somaka, one of the four sons of Mitrāyu). He had a daughter named Draupadī. He had also many sons, headed by Dhṛṣṭadyumna. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.2)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Drupada (द्रुपद).—(Saumaki,* Yajñasena). Father of Pāñcālī. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order:—Brahmā—Atri—Candra—Budha—Purūravas—Āyus—Nahuṣa—Yayāti—Pūru—Janamejaya—Prāciuvān—Pravīra—Namasyu—Vītabhaya—Śuṇḍu—Bahuvidha—Saṃyāti—Rahovādi—Raudrāśva—Matināra—Santurodha—Duṣyanta—Bharata—Suhottra—Suhotā—Gala—Gardda—Suketu—Bṛhatkṣatra—Hasti—Ajamīḍhā—Nīla—Śānti—Suśānti—Puruja—Arka—Bharmyāśva—Pāñcāla—Mudgala—Divodāsa—Mitreyu—Pṛṣata—Sudāsa—Sahadeva—Somaka—Yajñasena (Drupada). Education and kingship. Yajñasena went to the hermitage of Bharadvāja for education. Droṇa, who became a great teacher in archery later, was also a student and disciple of Bharadvāja at that time. Thus during the time of education both Drupada and Droṇa became fast friends. After receiving education Drupada returned to his country. At that time Pāñcāla was ruled by Pṛṣata. When Yajñasena returned on completion of his education, Pṛṣata died and Yajñasena was anointed as King of Uttara-Pāñcāla. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 129). (See full article at Story of Drupada from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Drupada (द्रुपद).—A son of Pṛṣata and father of Draupadī, Dhṛṣṭadyumna and others; king of the Pāñcālas;1 stationed by Jarāsandha at the northern gate of Mathurā;2 stationed at the southern gate during the siege of Gomanta;3 had been bound by the young Pāṇḍavas;4 in the svayaṃvara he held, Arjuna hit the mark in the form of a fish and won Draupadī;5 joined the Pāṇḍavas in the Kurukṣetra battle;6 went to Syamantapañcaka for solar eclipse.7

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 2; X. 52. 11 [8]. Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 210; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 73.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 50. 11 [7].
  • 3) Ib. X. 52. 11 [8].
  • 4) Ib. X. [56 (V) 2].
  • 5) Ib. I. 15. 7.
  • 6) Ib. X. 78 [(95 V) 10].
  • 7) Ib. X. 82. 25.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Drupada (द्रुपद) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.74) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Drupada) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Drupada is a character in the Mahābhārata. He is king of the land of Northern Panchala. The capital was known as Kamapilya. His father's name was Prishata.

Drupada had eleven sons along with Dhrishtadyumna. Their names were:

  1. Shikandi
  2. Satyajit,
  3. Shikhandi (Shikhandi was originally born as a girl, and used to be the princess of Kashi, who wanted to take revenge on Bhishma),
  4. Uttamauja,
  5. Kumar,
  6. Yudhamanyu,
  7. Vrika,
  8. Panchalya,
  9. Suratha,
  10. Shatrunjaya and
  11. Janamejaya.

Most of them died in the Mahabharata war. Dhrishtadyumna, Shikandi, Yudhamanyu and Uttamauja were killed by Ashwatthama on the last day of the war.

King Drupada, whose daughter Draupadi was married into the Pandavas, belonged to the Somaka clan

etymology: Drupada (lit: 'firm-footed or pillar'), also known as Yajnasen.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Drupada (द्रुपद).—Name of a king of the Pāñchālas [He was a son of Prisata. He and Drona were school-fellows, as they learnt the science of archery from Droṇa's father, Bharadvāja. After Drupada had succeeded to the throne, Droṇa, when in pecuniary difficulties, went to him on the strength of his former friendship; but the proud monarch disrespected and slighted him. For this Droṇa afterwards got him captured by his pupils the Pāṇḍavas, but was kind enough to spare his life, and allowed him to retain half his kingdom. But the defeat sustained by him at Droṇa's hands rankled in his soul, and with the desire of getting a son who would avenge the wrong done to him, he performed a sacrifice, when a son named Dhṛṣtadyumna (and a daughter called Draupudī) sprang up from the fire. This son afterwards treacherously cut off the head of Droṇa. See Droṇa also.]

Derivable forms: drupadaḥ (द्रुपदः).

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Drupada (द्रुपद).—Ved. a pillar (in general).

Derivable forms: drupadam (द्रुपदम्).

Drupada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dru and pada (पद).

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Drupāda (द्रुपाद).—a. large-footed.

Drupāda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dru and pāda (पाद).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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