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Many kings such as Bhagiratha, Rama, Srinjaya, Bharata, and Rantideva earned eternal fame.

What is that method by which a king ruling his subjects may, in consequence of it, obtain great blessedness and eternal fame?

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    Bhishma explained in detail all such things to Yuddhisthira.
    – Vivikta
    Mar 4, 2022 at 8:09
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    where did he do it? write an answer cited with evidence please
    – Fun life
    Mar 4, 2022 at 13:55

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In short, the following provides an answer. But the elaborate answer on how a king should ideally behave and act can be as long as a whole chapter of Manu Smriti.


Manu Smriti 8.172. By taking his due, by preventing the confusion of the castes (varna), and by protecting the weak, the power of the king grows, and he prospers in this (world) and after death.

7.88. Not to turn back in battle, to protect the people, to honour the Brahmanas, is the best means for a king to secure happiness.


A king should be humble and must not be boastful of his power.

7.40. Through a want of modesty many kings have perished, together with their belongings; through modesty even hermits in the forest have gained kingdoms.

7.41. Through a want of humility Vena perished, likewise king Nahusha, Sudas, the son of Pigavana, Sumukha, and Nemi.

7.42. But by humility Prithu and Manu gained sovereignty, Kubera the position of the Lord of wealth, and the son of Gadhi the rank of a Brahmana.


Sri Rama (of Ramayana), who is considered as the role model of a perfect ruler, was very humble.

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