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Questions tagged [yudhisthira]

First among Pandavas also known as Dharmaraja.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.  ...
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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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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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Yudhishthira got his brothers revived from death

The Pandava princes spent nearly 12 years in the forest and were leading a life of courage and discipline. The time had come for the Pandavas to live in Agyata Vasa (living Incognito). In the quest ...
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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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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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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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Who was the rightful heir to Kuru throne? Pandavas (Yudhishthira) or Kauravas (Duryodhana)?

How is a king chosen according to Hindu dharma? Who among Duryodhana and Yudhishthira (Dharmaraja), was the ideal contender for the next king considering hereditary or inheritance rights? NOTE: ...
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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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Was there an influence of Kali demon in Dwapara yuga?

Even though game of dice is such a shame, why was it a rule for the Kshatriyas not to reject invitation for the of dice? Does it mean Yudhistira was under the influence of kali, accepted invitation ...
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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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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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What was the discussion between Narada muni and Yudhishtira about dharma?

When the Pandavas were in exile, at that time, Narada muni approached their hideout and had discussion with Yudhishtira about Dharma. Can someone briefly explain what that discussion was?
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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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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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Where was Yudhisthira's Rajasuya?

Where is the sacred place near Indraprastha upon which Yudhisthira's Rajasuya-yajna occured?
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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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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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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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Where can I find a good translation of the Sulabha Janaka Samvada of the Mahabharata?

Sulabha Janaka Samvada is a conversation between the female saint Sulabha and king Janaka. This conversation is revealed by Bhishma to Yudhisthira in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata. The most ...
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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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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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Question By Yaksha To Yudhisthira [duplicate]

what are all the questions asked by Yaksha To Yudhisthira? when all pandavas where in jungle.
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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?