Yudhishthira is the name of the king of Indraprastha and later Hastinapura in the ancient Indian epic, the “Mahabharata,” a text which has close connections with both Hinduism and yoga. Yudhishthira was King Pandu and Queen Kunti’s eldest son.

Vyasa and Krishna described Yudhishthira as fair, with lotus-eyes and a long nose. He is also portrayed as tall, strong and humble yet also a strong leader who successfully led the Pandeva side in the Kurukshetra War.

Yudhishthira’s name is derived from the Sanskrit root words, yuddha, meaning “war,” and sthira, meaning “steady” or “stable”; thus, his name may be translated as “one who is steady in war.”

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