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In the great Hindu epic Mahabharata, Yudhisthira (Sanskrit: युधिष्ठिर, meaning "steady in war", from yudh meaning war, and sthira meaning steady), the eldest son of King Pandu and Queen Kunti, was king of Indraprastha and later of Hastinapura(Kuru). He was the leader of the Pandava side in the Kurukshetra War. For his piety, he was known as Dharmaraja (which may be translated as either 'righteous king' or 'king of dharma'). Some sources describe him to be an adept warrior with the spear and ratha.

Birth and upbringing

Yudhisthira's father Pandu, the king of Hastinapura, soon after his marriage, accidentally shot a Brahmin and his wife, mistaking them for deer, while the couple were making love. Before he died, the Brahmin cursed the king to die the minute he engaged in intercourse with any woman. Due to this curse, Pandu was unable to father children. As additional penance for the murder, Pandu abdicated in favor of his blind brother Dhritarashtra.

Yudhisthira was conceived in an unusual way. His mother, Queen Kunti, had in her youth been granted the power to invoke the Devas by Rishi Durvasa. Each God, when invoked, would place a child in her lap. Urged by Pandu to use her invocations, Kunti gave birth to Yudhisthira by invoking the Lord of Judgement, Dharma.Being Pandu's eldest son, Yudhisthira was the rightful heir to the throne, but this claim was contested by the Dhritarashtra's son, Duryodhana.

Yudhisthira's four younger brothers were......
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