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The Dharmic King – The Hindu

Each individual must adhere to his dharma, which includes the duties that arise from the many roles he has in life. A king has special duties, and his dharma is to ensure that he performs these duties in a just manner. Yudhisthira and her brothers reside in a magnificent palace built for them by the talented architect Maya. Narada comes to visit and has a long talk with Yudhisthira. The conversation mostly consists of questions Narada asks Yudhisthira, to make sure he is running his kingdom as he should. Narada asks him if he is adhering to dharma anytime and also asks if he is happy. This shows the clear link between the dharmic path and happiness, Kidambi Narayanan said in a speech.

We can only be happy if we always act in a dharmic way. Narada warns Yudhisthira and says that while upholding dharma is important, it might also lead the king to face many problems. But he should not be put off by such difficulties, but should continue to do his homework. Narada has a suggestion for Yudhisthira. He says that the path followed by King Pandava must be that followed by his ancestors. Does he fill his public treasury by lawful means? Does he win dharmically? Does he use his fortune to do good deeds? Does he perform the yagas and homas necessary for the welfare of his people? Does he ensure that greed does not affect Dharmic spending in any way?

Protecting the women of his country is among the most important duties of a king, so Narada asks Yudhishthira if the women are safe in his kingdom. Are they safe from threats? Are they happy? Does the king protect them? Narada wants to know if Yudhisthira has conquered his desires and is disciplined, for only then can he be a righteous ruler.