During the last year of their exile as per the terms of their wager with Duryodhana, when the Pandavas were living incognito in the kingdom of Matsya which was ruled by King Virata. Draupadi, under the assumed name of Malini was disguised as a sairandhari (female servant) in the king’s palace. The queen’s brother Kichaka was enamored with her beauty ever since he first set his eyes on her. In fact he went to the extent of approaching his sister the queen, Sudeshana and seeks her help in obtaining Malini.
The queen warns Kichaka of the rumors that Malini was protected by her gandharva husbands, who would go to any lengths to ensure that nobody would be able to own her against her free will. Drunk and intoxicated with lust, Kichaka dismisses the queen’s words and asked her to send Malini to him. Despite having her doubts about Kichaka’s intentions, Malini is overruled by the queen’s insistence that she take some wine and serve the same to her brother in his chambers.
When she reaches the chambers and proceeds to serve the wine, Kichaka misbehaves with her and tries to embrace her. Pushing him away when Malini starts running away, he runs behind her trying to grab her. She runs towards the King’s palace where King Virata was playing dice with Kanka (Yudhisthira in disguise). Even after she reaches the palace Kichaka once again humiliates her in front of the entire court using extremely sharp and vulgar language to the effect that although she supposedly had multiple gandharva husbands, none of them were around to protect her. Although the court was full of King Virata’s courtiers, none of them dared to question his actions or words for fear of his instant and severe retribution.
Enraged and depressed with this insult meted out to her, Draupadi approaches Bhima who was in disguise as a cook in the palace kitchens and narrates these incidents to him. Bhima asks Draupadi to invite Kichaka to the dance hall later that night.
Drunk on wine and happiness at this invitation, when Kichaka arrived at the dance hall, he was already fuzzy due to the effects of drinking too much. In the darkness, he saw the figure of Bhima, assumed it to be Malini and approached the same. Bhima then revealed himself and overcome with rage at Kichaka’s actions proceeded to kill him with his bare hands.
In the meantime, to muffle the sounds of the scuffle inside the dance hall, Arjuna disguised as Brihannala loudly played his drum. Thus between the brothers, they managed to successfully rid the kingdom of Matsya from the tyrant Kichaka.
This post has been written for the Three Word Wednesday prompt where the prompt had to include the words depressed, fuzzy, sharp which is the reason that these words have been highlighted separately in the post.