From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Draupadi, DraupadI, Draupadi
- daughter of Drupada
- the patronymic of Kŗşņā, also known as Yājñasenī (the daughter of Yājñasena, ie. Drupada), who was the daughter of Drupada, the monarch of the Pāñcālas, the sister of Dhŗşţadyumna and Śikhandī, and the queen and wife of the 5 Pāndavas, and the mother of Prativindhya, Sutasoma, Śrutakīrti, Śatānīka and Śrutasena. She is the central female character of the Mahābhārata epic, and is considered to be one of the paragons and epitomes of womanhood, femininity and female empowerment by both literati and laypeople alike upto modern times.