In the Mahabharata, Jayadratha is said to be the brother-in-law of the Pandavas. What is the reason why the Pandavas shave the head of the brother-in-law? Do you know what Jayadratha did wrong..?
Mahabharata is a book of stories with many characters. Every character in this is essential and exciting. Today we are going to tell about one such incident from Mahabharata, in which the brother-in-law’s story is hidden. This is the story of the brother-in-law’s head being shaved as a punishment. The role of Jayadratha who died at the hands of Arjuna in Mahabharata is considered to be very important. What is the reason for shaving Jayadratha’s head in Mahabharata..?
1. Jayadratha was Duryodhana’s sister’s husband:
We all already know that Pandavas and Kauravas are brothers. The Kauravas had only one sister, her name was Dushala. Dushala married Jayadratha. This made Kauravas and Pandavas brothers-in-law of Jayadratha and Jayadratha became brothers-in-law of Kauravas and Pandavas. This is the story of the time when the Pandavas lost everything in gambling to the Kauravas and spent 13 years in exile. One day the five Pandavas had gone out on an errand and only Draupadi, her maidservant, and the priest Dhaumya were in the hermitage. One day when Duryodhana’s brother-in-law was going to Shalva country to see a girl with the desire to marry, suddenly a beautiful woman appeared near the ashram. That woman is Draupadi. Seeing the beauty of Draupadi, Jayadratha is heartbroken.
2. Draupadi Introduces
Herself: Jayadratha halts his army there and tells his friend Kotikasya, O Kotika, to come and find out some information about who is the woman who once stood near the hermitage. If he gets this woman, Why should I go to Shalva country? On Jayadratha’s order, Kotikasya comes to Draupadi and asks who are you? Are you a goddess..? Or a nymph..? He asks.
Draupadi: I am Draupadi, wife of the five Pandavas. they have gone out somewhere. I await their arrival. She asks them to accept her hospitality and take some rest and then leave as they may be late in coming.
3. Jayadratha abducts Draupadi:
Kotikasya approaches Jayadratha and introduces Draupadi. Jayadratha comes to the ashram after being introduced to Draupadi. Jayadratha tells Draupadi O Draupadi, you will not get any kind of joy and happiness from your husband wandering from forest to forest. So he tries to persuade you to leave your five husbands and marry me and enjoy the full prosperity of the Indus country. Hearing Jayadratha’s words, Draupadi reprimanded him severely, but the reproach had no effect on him. Jayadratha forcibly drags Draupadi into his chariot. The priest Dhaumya came to rescue Draupadi but Jayadratha threw him to the ground and drove away his chariot.
4. Pandavas captured Jayadratha:
When the five Pandavas returned after some time, the priests and the maid narrated the whole incident. Hearing the news of Draupadi’s abduction, the five Pandavas followed Jayadratha. After some time Jayadratha saw the Pandavas coming back and left Draupadi and started running from there. But Bhima and Arjuna chase him and capture him. After being captured, he decided to execute Jayadratha. Then Yudhishthira said that he is the husband of our sister dushala, so we cannot give him a death sentence. Along with Draupadi, he stopped the Pandavas from doing so. Draupadi tells her to cut off all the hair on Jayadratha’s head and leave the hair in only five parts. This should not allow him to show his face to anyone.
It is not creditable that Jayadratha tried to get Draupadi despite knowing that she was married. Because of this, the Pandavas humiliate Jayadratha by shaving his head. This leads to Jayadratha’s revenge.