Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Keechaka - Brother-in-law of Virata


Keechaka was a prince of Kekeya, and the brother-in-law of the king of Virata. His sister Sushena was the wife of Virata. The King depended on his brother-in-law for protection, as Keechaka was an able military commander and a man of immense strength. According to a prophecy, he was to be killed by one of the other four men who were his equals in strength. These men were: Bheema, Duryodhana, Jarasandha, Bakasura.

He was smitten with lust for Draupadi who was serving as a maid-in-waiting to his sister Sudeshna, under the assumed name of Sairandhiri. Despite her rebuffing his advances and warning him that she was already married to five Gandharvas of immense power, he attempted to outrage her modesty. In desperation she asked Bheema to find a way out of this problem. According to Bheema's plan, she tricked Keechaka into meeting her late at night in a deserted hall. Keechaka went there with high hopes, but found Bheema waiting for him instead. A wrestling duel ensued, in which Keechaka was killed.

Last Modified At: Sun Nov 13 23:36:05 2005