By now, I hope you must have read the story of the asuras “Sunda and Upasunda” and how they met their end.
Having heard of the whole story and Narad’s advice on how Draupadi should not become a bone of contention or discord amongst the five brothers, Yudhishthir the eldest, decided upon a unique method on how Draupadi will be wife of all. Yudhishthir proposed that:
– Draupadi shall be the exclusive wife of one brother at a time for a full year
– During this time, the other four shall treat her as a sister-in-law
– During the year, if any other brother intrudes the privacy of Draupadi with the current husband, that brother shall take be exiled for a period of 12 years
– During those 12 years, the brother shall undertake holy activities, pilgrimage and other pious duties
– He shall follow the principles of brahmacharya (celibacy)
This was mutually acceptable and agreed by all the five Pandavas. Once Arjun broke this vow while Draupadi was Yudhishthir’s wife and he had to go to exile as decreed. But that is another story, nay, a small book (parva) by itself.