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First among Pandavas also known as Dharmaraja.

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Which other scriptures say that inter-caste marriages can give better children?

In a discussion between Yudhishthira and Yaksha, Yudhishthira says that children from inter-caste couples can be treated better compared to the same caste couple if the inter-caste couple undergoes ...
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Are there any similar statements from scriptures that reject "setting up of religious standards"?

Consider the following question and answer from the scripture named Mahabharatha The Yaksha asked,--'... what is hypocrisy?... Yudhishthira answered,--'... The setting up of a religious standard is ...
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Did Yuddhiṣṭhira's feet never touch the ground?

As discussed in this QnA, Yuddhiṣṭhira was such a pious adherent of truth that his chariot never touched the ground. Well! not until he spoke a half-truth about Aśvatthāmā's death. But, some blogs ...
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What are the hundred mistakes of shishupal in Mahabharata?

In Mahabharata what were the hundred mistakes of shishupal ?
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If Yudhisthira already lost his first dice game against Shakuni, why did he agree to play dice for the 2nd time?

Yudhisthira lost himself, his kingdom, his wealth, his brothers, himself, and Draupadi. Draupadi was even dragged to the Kuru assembly. If that is the case, then why did Yudhisthira play dice for the ...
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Once Yudhishthira said, "When my heart approveth of it, it can never be sinful." Is this kind of statement approved by any authoritative texts?

During Draupadi's marriage, there was a dilemma regarding whether five brothers can marry a single bride. Draupadi's father, King Drupada, and her brother were all against it, quite naturally. In this ...
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Indra stopping Janamejaya's Ashwamedha

While talking about Dharma changing with age (Yugas), Yudhistira says Then again, it is seen that when some wicked persons of great might cause certain portions of certain courses of righteous acts ...
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Bhishma enumerating avatars of Krishna to Yudhisthira

Bhishma enumerated all the popular avatars of Krishna just before the killing of Sisupala by Krishna. Bhishna told it to Yudhisthira. But, it is not present in some translations. Did Bhishma ...
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Is Yudhishtira's justification of polyandry in accordance with dharma?

In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira justifies his polyandrous relationship with Draupadi with two reasons: it has historic precedent, and because his mother ordered the Pandavas to share Draupadi: "...
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Why was Yudhisthira able to climb Mount Sumeru even though he was addicted to gambling?

It is almost certain that Yudhisthira was addicted to gambling. He gambled his kingdom, wealth, property, even Draupadi, etc. Although he was righteous, it seems that his weakness was gambling. So why ...
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What did the Pandavas have to do before reaching heaven?

Popular TV shows describe Yudhishthira's journey to heaven after each of the other Pandavas fell (or fail). He was accompanied by Yama Raj in the disguise of a dog. He had to undergo a series of tests ...
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Deceit in dice game

Mahabharata repeatedly talks about "deceit" in a dice game where Yudhistira lost. The Ganguly translation quotes Yudhistira saying "Thou hast won this stake of me by unfair means" (...
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Reason behind Draupadi collecting blood of Yudhishthira in water

In Mahabharata, king Virata, out of anger, strikes Yudhishthira's face. Then Draupadi collects the blood due to that act by Virata. "Vaisampayana continued, 'Saying this, the king inflamed with ...
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Yudhistira's charity while in forest

In the Tirthyatra parva of Vana parva, there are repeated texts (example here) saying Yudhistira have given away gems, cows and jewels to Brahmanas. ... the king observed various fasts, and gave away ...
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Did Yudhishtira ever have any misconception?

Yudhistira is known to be a well virtuous person in Mahabharata. Did Yudhishtira ever have any misconception? Misconception in the sense that he has wrong perception/interpretation on something and ...
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How can Yuddhistirha be son of Yamraj ji if Yamraj Ji himself incarnated as Vidura [duplicate]

I have recently learned that Vidura Ji is the incarnation of Yamraj ji because of the curse given by Rishi Mandavya. But it is known that Pandu and Kunti ask Yamraj ji for a son (Yuddhistira).So I am ...
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If slavery is immoral, why did Yudhishthira donate slaves to Brahmins? [duplicate]

So, I was browsing here and found a post which supposedly said that Yudhishthira gave female slaves to a bunch of Brahmins. Slavery is obviously immoral and is even condemned in several scriptures so ...
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Is Yudhistira a Yogi?

Pandavas, along with Draupadi, at the end of the Mahabharata, traveled through Himalayas. It should be remembered that they travelled through Yoga. Consider the following excerpt Vaishampayana said: &...
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Was the happiness of Kauravas in heaven an illusion?

According to the Mahabharata, after entering the Svarga (heaven) with a human body on Indra's invitation, Yudhishthira witnessed that Duryodhana "was seated on a beautiful throne and he shone ...
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Did Shalya promise Yudhisthira that he would demoralize Karna?

according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalya Deducing why Duryodhana had desired Shalya in the first place, Yudhishthira demanded from Shalya that he would demoralize Karna and dampen his ...
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What is the rationale behind the statement that all kings have to spend at least some time in hell?

In Svargarohanika Parva after Yudhishtra had experienced hell, Lord of Dharma gave the following reason Without doubt, all kings, O son, must once behold Hell. Hence hast thou for a little while ...
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Did Shri Krishna point out wrong actions of Yudhisthira to Pandavas at any point of time in Mahabharata?

Yudhisthira was known for his dharma but he seemed to have had addiction to dice game and his wife Draupadi was also staked for it. And none of Pandavas opposed it! Did Shri Krishna ever pointed out ...
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Did Duryodhana plan Rajasuya to establish Dharma?

After the Rajasuya by Yudhistira, Duryodhana also tries to perform it with the help of Karna. What is the intention of Duryodhana in performing Rajasuya? Is it mentioned anywhere in Mahabharata?
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What are the meaning of the names: Rudra, Maruth, Vasu?

I'm trying to translate the "Legend of the Virtuous Crane" from this video: Vanvasa Parv By Sadhguru | Mahabharat into my own language. But however, I have a hard time understanding 3 words that ...
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Why did Yudhishthira give 2,640,000 female slaves to Brahmanas?

This question is NOT a duplicate of the above. My question "Why did Yudhishthira give 2,640,000 female slaves to Brahmanas?" is different from "Was slavery allowed in Mahabarata times?" In the ...
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How much region can be controlled by performing Rajasuya?

It has been mentioned in Mahabharata that two kings: Yudhistira and Harishchandra performed Rajasuya. Control of how much region will be gained by performing Rajasuya? Will it cover the whole earth ...
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Chariot of Yudhishthira never touched the ground while moving?

I heard that Yudhishthira was great dharmatma and he never lied. And because of his this level of dharma prayanta, his chariot always stay above ground, it never touches the ground whenever ...
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How many wives did Yudhishthira have?

It is well known that Draupadi is wife of Yudhishthira. Wikipedia and several other sources say that there is another wife to him and her name is Devika. The following excerpt from Chapter 95, ...
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Why did Krishna punish Yudhishthira for lying after telling him to lie?

Drona was an exceptional fighter in the Mahabharata war and was unkillable on the battlefield. So to kill him, Krishna told the Pandavas to lie that Drona's son, Ashvattama, was killed, so that Drona ...
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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?

When it was time for the Pandavas to pass the period of unrecognition(Agyatvaas) during the thirteenth year of exile(in king Virata’s kingdom), they chose their names and disguised identities, with ...
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What were the boons given by Goddess Durga to prince Yudhishthira?

It is heard that during the exile period of the Pandavas, prince Yudhishthira did meditation and invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga appeared infront of prince Yudhishthira and gave ...
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Story of a blue-eyed mongoose that came on completion of the Ashvamedha Yajna of king Yudhishthira?

King Yudhishthira performed the Ashvamedha Yajna(horse-sacrifice) under the guidance of Maharishi Vyasa. There is a wonderful story of a blue-eyed mongoose which came at the conclusion of the ...
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What was the chat between Lord Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra when Yudhishthira insulted Arjuna's Gandiva?

When Yudhisthira once insulted Arjuna and his bow Gandiva, Arjuna tried to kill Yudhishthira because he had a vow that if anyone spoke badly about his Gandiva then he will kill that person. Lord ...
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Where was Yudhisthira's Rajasuya?

Where is the sacred place near Indraprastha upon which Yudhisthira's Rajasuya-yajna occured?
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Why did Yudhishthira claim Karna never fled from the battlefield when Karna has fled from the battlefield multiple times?

Yudhishthira's statement: Peace find I none after having slain my grand-father, and that foremost of men, Karna, who never fled from the field of battle. http://sacred-texts.com/hin/m14/m14002.htm ...
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Why did Shakuni refer Yudhishtira as older than him in age?

Shakuni was Gandhari's brother and hence was alive before Pandavas-Kauravas were born. Now refer following narrative: "Sakuni said,--'One that is intoxicated falleth into a pit (hell) and stayeth ...
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Why was Yudhishtira accompanied by a dog during the ending stages of his life?

Is there any reason why a dog was chosen as Yudhishtira's. Is it mentioned in the Mahabharata?
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Who was Akritavrana, the follower & witness of Parshurama's actions?

Section CXV of the Vana Parva of Mahabharat mentions a rishi called Akritavrana who used to reside on the Mahendra hill, the abode of Lord Parshurama. In the Mahabharat, he narrates the entire life-...
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How many times Yudhistir's coronation happened and when in the Mahabharata?

It seems there is various versions of Yudhistir's coronation. One before the war. One after the war. Which of these is authentic and when did the coronation take place w.r.t war?
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What is the definition of Yudhishtira Saka and when does it start with respect to the Mahabharata war?

Yudhisthira Saka is used in many historical texts. Can anyone tell what is the context behind this Saka and the start of the Saka with respect to Mahabharata war?
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Why do the Krodhavasas take away the merits of people with dogs?

When Indra comes to take Yuddhisthira to Swarga, the latter refuses to go without the dog who has been accompanying him all this while: "Yudhishthira said, ‘O thou of a 1,000 eyes. O thou that art ...
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Is the etymology of the name Yudhishthira correct?

As we know, the eldest of the Pandavas is Yudhishthira (IAST : Yudhiṣṭhira and Devanagari: युधिष्ठिर). It is said that he got his name due to his steadiness in war. This is also a famous one. From ...
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Gambling in Mahabharata

I heard two theories about gambling by Yudhistira in Mahabaratha. 1) He is addicted to gambling or has a weakness for gambling. i.e., he had a gambling problem. 2) Kings can't decline a gambling ...
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Why Yudhishtira is called Ajāta śatru (अजात शत्रु)?

One of the exclusive names of Yudhishtira is Ajāta śatru (अजात शत्रु). Ajāta śatru = Who has no enemies. Why is he called as Ajāta śatru. Kauravas are his enemies. Aren't they? Why is the name ...
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Irawati Karve says "Vidura is the biological father of Yudhiṣṭhira". Is she right? Which Upaniṣadic story is she referring to?

Irawati Karve in her book Yugānta, which is a commentary on the Mahābhārata, says: There are two more incidents which lend support to this contention [that Dharma is the son of Vidura]. After ...
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Did Yudhiṣṭhira sacrifice old women (female slaves) as part of his aśvamedha-yajña?

From Aśvamedha-parva of Mahābhārata, Ch. LXXXV: Then the mighty-armed Bhimasena, at the command of the king, sent out messengers to the great kings of the Earth. Those best of kings, came to the ...
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If Rāma could sacrifice his kingdom to Bharata, why couldn't Yudhiṣṭhira do it for Duryodhana?

Here's Rāma's attitude towards his own brothers (or should I call them cousins because technically they were not born to the same mother): धर्ममर्थं च कामं च पृथिवीं चापि लक्षण | इच्छामि भवतामर्थे ...
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Did the 10th day or 11th day ceremony after the death of a close relative originate due to the Mahābhārata war?

I heard that, after the Mahābhārata war, Yudhiṣṭhira went into depression for having killed so many people. He did not like how the war ended. Then Bhīṣma advised him to conduct a Rājasūya yāga so he ...
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Did Yudhishthira lie more than once?

From the childhood I was knowing that Yudhishthira had lied just once at the time of Guru Drona Vadha and that was also the half truth half lie. But recently, I came to know that Yudhishthira had also ...
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The "tricky truth" that was said by Yudhishtira on 15th day of kurukshetra war

Since childhood I have been thinking that Ashwathama hataha, kunjaraha is the half truth that was said by Yudhishtira This trick was used as a ploy to kill Ashwathama's father, Dronacharya.  ...