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Draupadī and Sītā
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Draupadī and Sītā are the wives and queens of the chief royal heroes of the Sanskrit epics, the Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa. Other than their mention in Jain and Buddhist counterstories, there is little to indicate their religious importance until medieval times. But from then on, the epics were retold in many Indian vernaculars, in some cases with enhanced theological port…

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Hiltebeitel, Alf, “Draupadī and Sītā”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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