The dilemma of Draupadī’s disrobing15 min read . Updated: 22 Nov 2016, 04:08 AM IST
Did Yudhihira have the right to stake his lawfully wedded wife after he had lost himself first in the game of dice?
There is no shortage of dilemmas in the Mahābhārata, the most famous being that of Arjuna as he faces kith and kin on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. As Matilal points out, ad hoc solutions were found for most dilemmas in the epic itself. The resolutions came from preceptors, elders or a higher authority (e.g. Kṛṣṇa, Vyāsa). Sometimes, they were justified as dhārmic, and on occasion even un-dhārmic.
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