Draupadi Svayamvar

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.83.20-21 - Draupadi Svayamvar (download mp3)
by Prem Kishor Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.83.20
srutvaitat sarvato bhu-pa
 ayayur mat-pituh puram
 sopadhyayah sahasrasah

Hearing of this, thousands of kings expert in shooting arrows and in wielding other weapons converged from all directions on my father’s city, accompanied by their military teachers.

SB 10.83.21
pitra sampujitah sarve
 yatha-viryam yatha-vayah
adaduh sa-saram capam
 veddhum parsadi mad-dhiyah

My father properly honored each king according to his strength and seniority. Then those whose minds were fixed on me took up the bow and arrow and one by one tried to pierce the target in the midst of the assembly.

According to the acaryas, only those kings who were extremely intent on winning the hand of the princess even dared try to shoot the target.