Puranic encyclopaedia

by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222

This page describes the Story of Yuyutsu included the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani that was translated into English in 1975. The Puranas have for centuries profoundly influenced Indian life and Culture and are defined by their characteristic features (panca-lakshana, literally, ‘the five characteristics of a Purana’).

Story of Yuyutsu


Son of Dhṛtarāṣṭra by a Vaiśya woman. He is not included in the 100 sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Yuyutsu is referred to by another name, "Karaṇa" in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 68, Verse 113.

Other details.

(i) It was Yuyutsu who disclosed to the Pāṇḍavas that once Duryodhana gave poisoned food to Bhīmasena. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 128, Verse 37).

(ii) Yuyutsu was present at the Svayaṃvara of Draupadī. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 185, Verse 2).

(iii) In Bhārata Yuddha, Yuyutsu joined the Pāṇḍava party. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 43, Verse 100).

(iv) He was an eminent warrior and an honest and mighty hero. Many Kings attacked him in the city Vāraṇāvata. He was not able to fulfil his desire to kill all of them. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 58).

(v) In Bhārata Yuddha he fought with Subāhu and cut off his hands. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 13).

(vi) The bullocks tied to Yuyutsu’s chariot were killed by Bhagadatta’s elephant. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 26, Verse 56).

(vii) Yuyutsu severely rebuked the Kauravas who rejoiced over the death of Bhagadatta. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 72, Verse 60).

(viii) Yuyutsu was defeated in his fight with Ulūka. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 25. Verse 11).

(ix) As advised by Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Dharmaputra, Yuyutsu went to Hastināpura with the ladies of the royal family. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 29, Verse 86).

(x) On his return after the battle, Yuyutsu described the details of the battle to Vidura. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 29. Verse 21).

(xi) At the suggestion of Dharmaputra, Yuyutsu began to attend on Dhṛtarāṣṭra to serve him. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 41, Verse 17).

(xii) Yuyutsu was guarding Hastināpura when the Pāṇḍavas went to the Himālayas to get money from Marutta. (Aśvamedha Parva, Chapter 63, Verse 24).

(xiii) Under the leadership of Yuyutsu, the Pāṇḍavas offered Jalāñjali (offering libations of water) to Dhṛtarāṣṭra. (Āśramavāsika Parva, Chapter 39, Verse 12).

(xiv) When the Pāṇḍavas departed on their Mahāprasthāna after handing over the reign of the country to Parīkṣit, it was Yuyutsu who was entrusted with the task of supervising Parīkṣit and the country. (Mahābhārata Mahāprasthāna Parva Chapter 1, Verse 6).

(xv) In Mahābhārata the following names are given for Yuyutsu:—Dhārtarāṣṭra, Dhṛtarāṣṭraja, Dhṛtarāṣṭraputra, Karaṇa, Kauravya, Kaurava and Vaiśyāputra.

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