( Bhima's decision not to claim victory in Draupadi's marriage contest, details of Bhishm and Amba - Part 1)

Date Sep 21, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

The initial part of this two-part article, unraveling the reasons behind Bhima's decision not to claim victory in Draupadi's marriage contest and instead send Arjuna,
 is detailed in Mantralaya (1056)


In the Mantralaya series, spanning from episode 1050 to 1052, a fascinating revelation unfolded regarding Draupadi's unique spiritual connection. Within her being, five distinct souls resided, with Bharati Devi, the consort of Vayu Devaru, occupying a prominent position. The remaining souls—Sachi, Shyamala, Usha, and Parvati—found refuge within her.This divine arrangement showcased a remarkable phenomenon: each soul would come to life one at a time, aligning with Draupadi's interactions with her destined husbands. When Draupadi encountered her beloved Bhima Sena Devaru (Vayu Devaru), Bharati Devi's divine presence would grace her, bestowing blessings and protection.Likewise, when Draupadi engaged with Arjuna (Indra), Sachi Devi would awaken within her, enveloping her in divine grace and virtues. In the presence of Yudhisthira (Yama), Shyamala Devi's essence would manifest, and when Draupadi connected with Nakula and Sahadeva (Ashwini Devatas), Usha's celestial aura would embrace her, completing this intricate tapestry of divine connections.

A question that has intrigued many readers is why Bhima Sena Devaru did not emerge victorious in the contest to marry Draupadi, and instead, it was Arjuna who succeeded.

We will address this question by drawing from Sri Madhwacharyaru's insights in his work, the Maha Bharata Tatapariya Nirnaya. This explanation will be presented in two parts. Here is the first part of the article.

Upon learning that King Drupada had organized a marriage contest for Draupadi, the Pandavas received a divine visitation from Lord Vedavyasa Devaru. He assured them of their imminent victory in the contest. Although there was a general expectation that Bhima, the eldest of the Pandavas, would step forward, it was widely known among them that only three individuals possessed the strength to string the Gandiva: Krishna, Arjuna, and Bhima.
During the Drupadi marriage contest, as the Pandavas took their turn, Bhima made a momentous choice. He decided to send Arjuna forward, driven by two compelling reasons. One of these reasons was deeply embedded in the teachings of sacred scriptures (Shastra). Bhima's intent was to recognize and credit Arjuna, his younger brother, for steadfastly upholding Dharma, the path of righteousness.

The second reason, which requires a deeper understanding of the lives of Amba and Bhisma, adds complexity to this decision. To fully grasp this second reason, we must journey back in time to explore the intricate narratives surrounding Amba and Bhisma.

As you may recall, Vichitravirya, the son of Shantanu and Satyavati, was of marriageable age. At that time, the king of Kashi organized a grand Swayamvara (Marriage Contest) for his three daughters: Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika. Bhishmacharya took it upon himself to represent Vichitravirya in this event. With unmatched valor, he triumphed over all the rival kings, effectively winning Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika as brides for Vichitravirya.

While Ambika and Ambalika embraced Vichitravirya as their husband, Amba revealed her heart already belonged to King Salva. Understanding her deep affection, Bhishmacharya, with utmost respect, facilitated Amba's return to her home, acknowledging the complexities of love and destiny.

Amba, deeply in love with King Shalva, sought his affection. Heartbreakingly, King Shalva declined her, citing Bhishma's claim that she had been taken and that accepting her would violate Kshatriya Dharma, the code of warrior honor.

With a heavy heart, Amba returned to Bhishmacharya and, in her desperation, proposed marriage to him. Bhishmacharya, bound by the solemn vow to remain celibate for life, responded with regret, affirming his unbreakable commitment to his pledge, thus refusing her plea.

Amba was overcome with distress and anger, holding Bhishmacharya responsible for the shattering of her life.

Amba, unwavering in her determination, sought solace through deep prayer and resolute penance to Lord Shiva. With an unwavering devotion, she embarked on this profound spiritual journey, and her unwavering commitment deeply moved Lord Shiva.

When Lord Shiva appeared before her, His divine presence radiating, He inquired about her deepest desires. Amba, with unwavering determination, expressed her heartfelt wish—to become the instrument of Bhishmacharya's ultimate fate.With a serene smile, Lord Shiva bestowed upon her two profound boons. The first boon ordained her transformation into a male, destined to play a pivotal role in Bhishmacharya's destiny. The second boon was a garland of ever-fresh flowers that would never wither. Lord Shiva explained that whoever wore this garland would be destined to bring about Bhishmacharya's end.Overwhelmed with joy and profound gratitude, Amba received these divine blessings and garland from Lord Shiva.

With immense joy, Amba accepted the ever-blooming garland and embarked on a quest to find a worthy suitor among the powerful kings of her time who would be brave enough to wear it. However, every king she approached declined her proposal, gripped by fear of Bhishmacharya's unmatched power.

Disheartened and disillusioned, Amba left the perpetually fresh garland in front of King Drupada's palace. King Drupada, upon discovering this extraordinary garland, was captivated by its enchanting beauty and decided to add it to his rare collection.

Despite her disappointment, Amba remained resolute in her determination to fulfill her purpose. Amba decided to end her life. As we've explored in a previous article, a soul is bound to undergo numerous births in its quest to achieve its ultimate goal. In Amba's case, her unwavering desire was to become the instrument of Bhishmacharya's demise.

In the upcoming article, we will explore the intricate connection between Amba, the mysterious garland, and Bhishma. Through this exploration, we will gain a deeper understanding of why Bhima did not win Draupadi's contest on his own.

Sri Raghavendra Teertharu extols the great service rendered by Sri Madhwa Charyaru in his extensive work, the Mahabharata TataPariya Nirnaya. This monumental piece of literature meticulously unravels the intricate details of the Mahabharata, providing profound insights into the reasons behind each event. Recognized as the incarnation of Lord Vayu and Bhima, Madhwa Charyaru's writings in the Mahabharata TataPariya Nirnaya are held as the ultimate source of truth and wisdom, casting a divine light

The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach Sri Hari  - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be disappointed.”