Draupadi's fears were justified. When she reached Kichaka's house, that
wretch, maddened with lust and wine, began to pester her with urgent entreaties and
She rejected his prayers and said: "Why do you, who belong to a
noble royal family, seek me, born of a low caste? Why do you take to the wrong path? Why
do you approach me, a married lady? You will perish. My protectors, the gandharvas, will
kill you in their anger."
When Draupadi would not yield to his entreaties, Kichaka seized her by
the arm and pulled her about but putting down the vessel she carried, she wrenched she
frees and fled, hotly pursued by the maddened Kichaka.
She fled to the court wailing loudly, but even there, intoxicated not
only with wine, but even more by his power and influence, Kichaka followed her and kicked
her in the presence of all with abusive words.
Everyone was afraid of the all-powerful commander-in-chief and no one
was bold enough to oppose him.
Draupadi could not bear the sorrow and anger she felt at the thought of
her helplessness under the intolerable insult offered to her.
Her deep distress made her forget the danger that would befall the
Pandavas if they were discovered prematurely. She went that night to Bhima and waking him
up, gave vent to her agonized sense of wrong.