It is said that the wheel of the chariot of Dharmaraja Yudhishthira never came in contact with the Earth. This is because Dharmaraja was always remain established in religion. He never uttered even a single untruth. Still Dharmaraja had to travel to hell. What unrighteousness he committed, that caused Dharmaraja to travel to hell? Let’s see.
After the end of the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas ruled for a long time. When Krishna’s dynasty was destroyed and Krishna, Balarama etc. died, the Pandavas also decided to abandon the earth. Yudhishthira handed over his kingdom to Abhimanyu’s son Parikshit and set out on a journey to heaven with his other four brothers Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva and wife Draupadi. A dog also walked with them.
All the Pandavas and Draupadi continued steadily towards the Himalayas. On the way, one by one , all of his four brothers Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva and wife Draupadi died. But that dog continued to travel with Dharmaraja. When Yudhishthira reached the door of heaven, the gods said, he had to leave the dog and go to heaven alone. To this Yudhishthira said, where my four brothers and wife failed to come here, this dog was able to come to the door of heaven. It is also as worthy of going to heaven as I am. I can not leave it. Hearing his answer, that dog turned into God. There was a voice in the air that Yudhishthira succeeded in examinations and that he could go to the heaven.
When Yudhishthira reached heaven, he did not see his brothers and wife there. He was very surprised. Where did they all go? This question started coming in his mind again and again. When Yudhishthira asked about his brothers and wife, the Gods took him to Narakaloka. Yudhishthira also found a wife along with his four brothers. Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Karna, Draupadi etc. all met with heavy torture in hell. They begged Yudhishthira to stop him for a while and in hell, because his presence was reducing their suffering. Yudhishthira then told the gods that he would prefer to live in hell with his brothers. At the same time, the scene of hell disappeared, and Yudhishthira found himself in heaven with all his brothers and wife.
When Yudhishthira asked the gods for a reason to go to hell, he was told that he had told his guru Dronacharya a half-truth in relation to the death of his son Ashwatthama. That is why he had to travel to hell. Actually the elephant named Ashwatthama was killed. But on Krishna’s advice, he told Dronacharya that Ashwatthama was dead, male or elephant. Dronacharya knew that Yudhishthira never spoke untrue. Taking Yudhishthira’s word as truth, he renounced his weapon in the war and sat down. In this meditated disarmed state of Dronacharya, Drishyumayan killed him. Yudhishthira said that this half-truth was considered to be the greatest wrongdoing done by him, due to which he had to travel hell for short time.
I wonder to see , when the mother Kunti asked Arjuna to divide the princess Draupadi, who was won at Swayamvar, among all the brothers, Yudhishthira agreed. Was it not wrong not to oppose the decision of all the brothers to become husbands? Was it fair to accept Mother’s irreligious talk as a silent arc? Why Did he not worry about religion at that time? Or that he too could not resist being attracted to the beauty of Draupadi?
Yudhishthira had a bad gambling addiction. It is equally unfair for a Dharmaraja to indulge in gambling addiction. He also staked his wife Draupadi on gambling addiction? What kind of religion was it to stake your wife in gambling? With what authority did Yudhishthira stake his wife in gambling? Can any unrighteous act be more worse than this? Moreover, even when the Dushashasan was trying to unclothe Draupadi in a huge gathering, he remained calm. Was it more important to follow the dignity of gambling than to save your wife’s dignity from being violated? What kind of dignity was this? What kind of religious activity was this? What kind of system was he trying to establish?
Yudhishthira did nothing even when Keechak turns a bad eye on Draupadi even in the Agyatvasa. He Kept calm as It was more important for him to follow the terms of Agyatvas so that once the Agyatvasa was over, he could claim its kingdom. Wasn’t it unrighteousness not to protect the wife from Keechaka? It seems very surprising that Yudhishthira continued to treat his wife like an object, but in the eyes of Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata, this act done by Dharmaraja was not unrighteous.
It is incomprehensible that in the Mahabharata, composed by Mahamuni Vyasa, the devas did not consider Yudhishthira to treat his wife like an object as unrighteous as to say half-truth in relation to Ashwatthama to Guru on the instigation of Krishna. What was the basis of the definition of religion and unrighteousness in the eyes of the gods? To me, Yudhishthira treated his wife Draupadi as an object, stalking Draupadi in gambling and not making any effort to protect Draupadi, when she was being undressed in a crowded gathering, was the biggest wrong committed by Yudhishthira.