'Draupadi's Swayamvara, Chennakeshava Temple, Arasikere, Karnataka

This is the scene of Draupadi's swayamvara at Panchala Palace as depicted in the Mahabharata. A fish was tied on the roof a vessel ... more 
'Draupadi's Swayamvara, Chennakeshava Temple, Arasikere, Karnataka

This is the scene of Draupadi's swayamvara at Panchala Palace as depicted in the Mahabharata. A fish was tied on the roof a vessel with water placed on the ground. A prospective groom had to look at the reflection of the fish's eye in the water hit the target. After many valiant kings failed, Arjuna came dressed as as Brahmin. Many kings objected to Arjuna's participation as the contest was restricted to the martial Kshatriya clan. Later, he was allowed to participate, and he Arjuna struck the fish's eye with his well-aimed arrow and won Draupadi's hand in marriage. A soapstone sculpture depicting this scene appears on the wall of the Chennakeshava Temple at Haranahalli in Arasikere taluk of Hassan district in Karnataka State. This temple was built by Hoysala rulers in the 12th century.

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