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Draupati Amman

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Draupati Amman
Fire and Child Boon
Draupati Amman idol in Udappu.jpg
Draupati Amman idol in Udappu, Sri Lanka
AffiliationPancha Kanya
MantraOm mahasacaktyai sa vitmahe Vanni tehayai sa timahi Pracotayat tanno panchali
Personal information
ChildrenUpapandavas (sons), Pragiti (daughter), Shutanu (daughter)

Draupati Amman is a goddess from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, namely Draupadi, primarily worshipped by the Tamil people of India, Sri Lanka and other countries. Draupati was the wife of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahābhārata epic. She is also greatly believed to be the incarnation of Hindu goddess Mariamman.

As village deity

The Draupati Amman cult (or Draupati sect) is a regional Hindu tradition in which Pillais,Vanniyars, Konar/Yadavas, Mudaliyar community people worship Draupati Amman as a village goddess with unique rituals and mythologies.[1][2]

Incarnation of Kali

Pillais, Vanniyars, Mudaliyar, Konar, Gounder community of Tamil Nadu[1][2] and Tigala community of Karnataka believe Draupadi Devi as Adi Shakti and Kul Devi of their communities. There are many temples in south Indian villages dedicated to Draupadi amman observing annual festivals. One of popular temples of Sri Dharmarja- Draupadi temple is at Corporation, heart of Bengaluru, Karnataka.[citation needed]

Fire walking ritual

A father walking on fire with his child during the annual Hindu festival at the Draupati  temple in Udappu
A father walking on fire with his child during the annual Hindu festival at the Draupati temple in Udappu

Fire walking or theemithi is a popular ritual enacted at Draupati Amman temples.[3]


There are number of temples dedicated to Draupati Amman in Tamil Nadu, Singapore and Sri Lanka.


  1. ^ a b Alf hiltebeitel, ed. (2008). The Cult of Draupadi. Mythologies from Gingee to kurukserta, Volume 1. University of Chicago. p. 32.
  2. ^ a b Kathleen Gough, ed. (2008). Rural Society in Southeast India. Cambridge. p. 360.
  3. ^ Hitebeital (1991)

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