Drupada; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

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: 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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