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Draupadi Raksha by Tulsidas | Sri Krishna Gitavali 60

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Śrīkṛṣṇagītāvalī 60

(Draupadī thinks) What happened if I have been lost in an unfair (deceptive) game of bet. My five brave consorts (Pāṇḍava) will not allow anyone to undress me.[1]

(Apart from that) This court of kings has capable protectors of Dharma like Bhīṣma, Droṇa, etc. If some untimely or inappropriate atrocity is committed on a feeble and pious woman like me, they will surely protect me.[2]

While Draupadī was thinking all this, enraged wicked-man Duḥśāsana (second among Kaurava) grabbed the Sārī of Draupadī with his two hands. Like a female tortoise, Draupadī crouched her body and felt very weak and helpless inside her heart. She became extremely sorrowful.[3]

Having looked at her strength and her protectors’ strength, she gave up the idea of getting help from Pāṇḍava or other court-members. She raised her hands and called Kṛṣṇa, Who is the protector of unprotected, for help. She said, ‘Protect me. Protect me, O Lord! Protect me.’[4]

Tulasīdāsa says that having examined the spotless devotion, Murārī — Who is the protector of those in pain, and Who is benevolent — took the form of cloth and protected the honor of the consort of Arjuna (Nara), who is the supreme benefactor of virudāvalī (a combination of compassion and friendliness of Lord Kṛṣṇa towards devotees).[5]

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Poet: Tulasīdāsa

Book: Śrīkṛṣṇagītāvalī

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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