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After Dhritarashtra, why was Yudhishthira and not Duryodhana considered the next in line to be the king?

In Bharata dynasty (in which Yudhishthira and Duryodhana were born), it was not necessary that only the eldest son of a king will become the next king. The one who was worthy of becoming a king used ...
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If Rāma could sacrifice his kingdom to Bharata, why couldn't Yudhiṣṭhira do it for Duryodhana?

If Rāma could sacrifice his kingdom to Bharata, why couldn't Yudhiṣṭhira do it for Duryodhana? Because Bharata was righteous while Duryodhana was unrighteous. It can be observed from many events of ...
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Did Yudhishthira lie more than once?

No, Yudhishtira did not lie in this case. And this fact is without any hidden or deep meaning. When we relate "truth" or Satya with just "information", then we can often find contradictions in the ...
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Did Yudhishthira lie more than once?

No. It is not a lie. It is the choice of words and how Yudhisthira projected him here, made the difference here. First let's get to the analysis about Yudhisthira: He is said as lotus eyed He was ...
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Irawati Karve says "Vidura is the biological father of Yudhiṣṭhira". Is she right? Which Upaniṣadic story is she referring to?

Vidura is not the father of Yudhishthira. The circumstances of Yudhishtira's birth are described in this chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata: O Janamejaya, when Gandhari's conception had ...
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Deceit in dice game

The deceit is explained by Yudhiṣṭhira in Śrimad Vyāsa Mahābhārat 3.35.3-4 (BORI) : महामायः शकुनिः पार्वतीयः सदा सभायां प्रवपन्नक्षपूगान् । अमायिनं मायया प्रत्यदेवी त्ततोऽपश्यं वृजिनं भीमसेन ॥ अक्षा...
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Is the etymology of the name Yudhishthira correct?

Etymology of Yudhishtira = steady in war, is correct. Here, the war can be any kind of battle or struggle. Throughout the Mahabharata, Yudhishtira was known to behold the Dharma & remaining ...
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How many wives did Yudhishthira have?

Currently, I am answering only this part: Are there any other wives for him other than these two? According to Shrimad Bhagavatam, 9.22.30-31, Pauravi is another wife of Yudhishthira. O King, the ...
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Chariot of Yudhishthira never touched the ground while moving?

Yudhishthira never talks untruth. Hence his chariot didn't touch the ground. But after he told the untruth because of the reason that the untruth in that particular context(stopping Drona's fight in ...
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Yudhishthira got his brothers revived from death

The story of encounter of Yaksha and Pandava is mentioned in Mahabharata SECTION CCCX and SECTION CCCX. During the vanavas, Pandavas were wandering in forests and once they felt thirsty. Then ...
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The "tricky truth" that was said by Yudhishtira on 15th day of kurukshetra war

Unfortunately the Mahabharata doesn't give an actual quote for Yudhisthira's statement, instead it just narrates in the third person that Yudhisthira said it. Here's what this chapter of the Drona ...
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Did Yudhishthira lie more than once?

Yes, Yudhisthira did lie a second time. Nevertheless, here his lie was not opposed to the concept of Dharma. This is what Bhishma told Yudhishthira on this difficult issue of when a lie would assume ...
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Story of a blue-eyed mongoose that came on completion of the Ashvamedha Yajna of king Yudhishthira?

The story of Blue-Eyed Mongoose at Yudhisthira's Ashwamedha Sacrifice is told in detail in Mahabharata - Book 14-Anugita Parva -Chapter 90 . Here the Mongoose is telling us the story of how half of ...
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Who was Akritavrana, the follower & witness of Parshurama's actions?

Akritavrana is the son of the sage Shanta. He was rescued from a tiger by Parashurama, back before the major events of Parashurama's life like Kartavirya Arjuna killing Jamadagni and killing the ...
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Why did Shakuni refer Yudhishtira as older than him in age?

The English translation mentioned in the question is for this Sanskrit shloka: गर्ते मत्तः परपतति परमत्तः सथाणुम ऋच्छति | जयेष्ठॊ राजन वरिष्ठॊ ऽसि नमस ते भरतर्षभ || The shloka doesn't say that ...
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Did Shalya promise Yudhisthira that he would demoralize Karna?

Yes, he did. Here is what this chapter of the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata says: And Yudhishthira said, ‘O valiant king, it has been well-done by thee that being pleased at heart thou hast ...
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Why was Yudhishtira accompanied by a dog during the ending stages of his life?

Yes Yudhishthira accompanied by a dog-during the ending stages of his life , While approaching swarga. It was Dharma (Yama) himself who was in the form of dog appeared before Pandavas to test them. ...
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The "tricky truth" that was said by Yudhishtira on 15th day of kurukshetra war

The question has already been answered. However a portion of the description, in the question, placed as under, needs to be put in the proper perspective, for that is not the way, how, Dronacharya ...
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Was there an influence of Kali demon in Dwapara yuga?

Well as mentioned in the comments with the passing of each Yuga there is a general degradation of the morality however Kali and Dvapar have worked in cahoots before so I wouldn't discount the ...
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Story of a blue-eyed mongoose that came on completion of the Ashvamedha Yajna of king Yudhishthira?

Full story : Ashwamedha parva section 90 A brahmana family, following uncha-vritthi (a vow where they only collect grains of food fallen on ground, so as to not even hurt the plant while harvesting, ...
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Indra stopping Janamejaya's Ashwamedha

The story, described in the Bhavishya Parva of the Harivamsa, is related to the aftermath of Janamejaya’s sarpa satra and him having finished listening to Vaishampayana’s narration of Mahabharata and ...
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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?

The vow taken by him is the reason for Yudhistrira to participate in the dice for (first and) the second time. After Vyasa said that Yudhistrira is a (positive) reason for the destruction that is ...
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What was the discussion between Narada muni and Yudhishtira about dharma?

The discussion between Narada and Yudhistira occurs in the Tirtha-Yatra Parva a section of Vana Parva in Mahabharata. Yudhistira asks about the merit attached to sacred pilgrimage and Narada recounts ...
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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?

No. Manu Smriti itself,which existed since Krita, mentions those rules. So,it can not be that Sutaka rules emerged only after the Mahabharatha war which happened in Dwapara. The following are few ...
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Why did Yudhishthira claim Karna never fled from the battlefield when Karna has fled from the battlefield multiple times?

न हि शान्तिं प्रपश्यामि पातयित्वा पितामहम् । कर्णं च पुरुषव्याघ्रं संग्रामेष्वपलायिनम् ।।12।। Peace find I none after having slain my grand-father, and that foremost of men, Karna, who never ...
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What were the boons given by Goddess Durga to prince Yudhishthira?

The prayer recited by Yudhishtira is from the beginning chapters of Virata Parva. It can be found in Chapter 6 of Virata Parva. This is famous as Yudhiṣṭira kṛta Durgā stavam or Yudhiṣṭira kṛta Durgā ...
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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?

Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from yama for successful completion of-agyatvas ? Yes , Yama the Lord of justice granted boons to Yudhisthira ,when he came to test his merits in Dvaita forest ,...
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Did Yudhishtira ever have any misconception?

As per Mahabharata: Karna Parva, Yudhishthira wanted to retire into forest leaving Mahabharata war after Arjuna insulted him: Hearing, however, those harsh words of his brother Phalguna, Pandu's son, ...
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