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Yudhishthira and Krishna:
Indra & Vishnu on One Chariot 1
|by Indrajit Bandyopadhyay|
According to one myth in Mahabharata, Yudhishthira is a former Indra incarnate in the seed of Dharma, according to another he is Dharma’s son, and yet, according to another, he is Dharma incarnate!
Birth of Yudhishthira DharmaThe first poetic hint of the nature of Yudhishthira’s dharma manifests in Drona’s examination.
To test the comparative excellence of all his pupils in the use of arms, one day, Drona had caused an artificial target-bird, to be placed on the top of a neighbouring tree (KMG-Adi.134/ CE-1.123.46-57). As the disciples stood, Drona told them 'Take up your bows quickly and stand here aiming at that bird on the tree, with arrows fixed on your bowstrings; shoot and cut off the bird's head, as soon as I give the order- mad.vaakya.ante.vimunca.ca. I shall give each of you a turn, one by one, my children.'
Drona first told Yudhishthira to take up the bow and aim at the target-bird. He did so. Then Drona told him again to behold the bird again, and Yudhishthira replied in affirmative that he did do.
But next moment, Drona again asked him, 'What dost thou see now, O prince? Do you see the tree, the bird, myself or your brothers?' Yudhishthira answered, 'I see the tree, my being, and my brothers and the bird’-
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