Bheema’s Dharma and Yudhisthir’s Dharma

In the latter part of Agyatvas. Kitchaka proposed draupadi for marriage and she refused it. So Kichaka brought her to the palace of Virat and he insulted Draupadi in front of whole assembly. Bhima intentionally gets up with rage to save Draupadi. But Yudhisthir forced him to sit down. Then kitchaka leaves draupadi after insulting her.

In above incident ,Yudhisthir seems very intelligent while Bhima seems angry.

According to politics Yudhisthir was Right, But according to Vedas Yudhisthir was wrong. Because “To Save his wife’s dignity from others” Is One of the main principles of Vedas. Vedas tells us that every Husband should save his wife in any difficult condition. Husband must sacrifice his Body, Mind and Money if necessary to save the dignity of his wife. But Yudhisthir didn’t take any action to save draupadi

If Bhima had killed Kitchak with the permission of Yudhisthir then Pandavs identity will be revealed. And then they have to go for vanavas again. Otherwise draupadi might have to lose her dignity

So Yuddisthira had two choices

1] Save draupadi and accept vanavas again

2]Be seated, watch draupadi getting insulted and get his Kingdom back after the completion of agyatvas.

From which, Yudhisthir choose the second choice. Yudhisthir remained silent for all time. He didn’t do anything to save Draupadi. Yudhisthira had already made every Pandava to pursue for vanavas, just for following his dharma. It means that Yudhisthir was ready to pursue vanavas for his dharma, But he was not ready to pursue vanavas for protecting his wife(Protecting one’s wife is also dharma). While on the other hand Bhima was ready to take vanavas again for draupadi.

This incidence is not about Intelligence of Bhima. It is about Love of Bhima for Draupadi. Bhima never loves his enemies But he always loves his friends , brothers , mother and wife. And he was ready to take any risk for them. This thought is very important for Indians. That we have to love our people and we should keep our mind away from loving or caring for enemies. Because if we love or care for our enemies, they will harm us even more. For example when Jayadratha was caught trying to kidnap  draupadi, bhima wanted to kill him but  yuddithira cared for him and let him go. But what happened in the end, Jayadratha was the main reason for the death of abhimanyu. Abhimanyu would have been saved if jayadratha was killed in the first time itself. So loving friends and family helps us but loving or caring the enemies will harms us.

 Written By,

Tejas Umbrajkar.


4 thoughts on “Bheema’s Dharma and Yudhisthir’s Dharma

  1. A very nice article. I feel bad that I have read it after two years.

    But, here are a few points for you consideration.

    If Yudhistir would have lashed out at the point, then he would have achieved a momentary victory, but doomed the Bharatvarsh to rule under Duryodhan. Evil does not play by the rules of good and an emotional response during that time would have helped evil a lot. Its not that he felt that his dharma towards draupadi was any less, he just kept his mouth shut at that point, while knowing that Kichaka would die a very cruel death for his misdeeds (He was the one who asked Bhima to kill him).

    It was a great flaw in his character that he played dice with impunity. He lost his sense of responsibility and more importantly, put his personal kshatriya morality (of never refusing a challenge) over the country’s – the same thing you are accusing him of not doing (by not coming to rescue of Draupadi in lieu of his duty to his country).
    Also, unlike Arjun, Bhima, Nakul and Sahadev, he never had the luxury of leaving stability of thought even while enduring shame and insults from draupadi (and himself) – simply because he was the king. Given any situation, its the duty of the king to rein himself and do the thing which would benefit his country – even if it means sacrificing his own morality.

    Yudhistir’s greatness was that he always (except once) told the truth and knew what was the right thing to do at the right time for his country. If he once took a decision, he always, always abided by it – he deliberated a lot about war but once the decions was taken, he was stable.( Yudhistir – Jo Yudh me sthir hain).
    He had learnt his lesson that playing dice was bad and that a king must never put his own morality over the country’s good and practiced it, even while lying about Ashwatthama’s death in the battlefield (at great cost).

    It is not easy to understand the import of all of his actions as many of them were not impulsive but, very very well thought out (the only thought being the good of his country) and hence very complex.

    Finally, I would just like to say that it is not without reason that Dharmaraj Yudhistir’s simple walk and the air that he exhaled gave relief to sufferers in hell when he walked through it. Just because he is not always emotionally reactive, it doesnt mean that he is political. Infact, you could call him the least political of them all.


  2. @tejas
    great thinking dude keep it going , you got nice ideas,

    If this article is Mahabharata then you are the vyasa and i’m just the vyasapyana who recites the article in my words


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