Mahabharath, which is a repository of priceless
thoughts on religion, philosophy,mysticism, morality
and polity, has been aptly described as the Fifth Veda.
”Draupadi” was a title of honour granted to the 5 cousins
of the Drupad family, out of whom ”Bhavya” was the actual
Draupadi wedded to Arjuna in ”Swayamvara”(a practice of choosing
a husband among the suitors by a bride). The other four (Bhoumya,
Manika,Sulalitha and Suramya) were given away in marriage to the
other brothers of Arjuna according to seniority of age. They
were not mentioned as they had no important role to play.
Sita, heroine of Ramayana too had been wedded to Ram
through a ”Swayamvara” and her female cousins were
married off to Rama’s brothers. All of them were honoured
as ”Janaki” in the Janak family. Kunti (mother of Pandavas)
evidently meant that they should accept the girls according
to the proposal of the Drupads.