~ 193. Yudhishthira Finds the Kauravas in Heaven ~


As Yudhishthira entered Amravati, he saw the Kauravas mingling with the gods. Duryodhana was there, and Dushasana, happy and radiant in the light of heaven. They smiled when they saw Yudhishthira. "Welcome, cousin!" Duryodhana said.
"How can this be?" Yudhishthira cried in dismay. 
"Duryodhana, Dushasana, all the Kauravas died in battle on the sacred land of Kurukshetra," said the gods. "All warriors who fall on that field ascend to Amravati."
"But where are my brothers?" cried Yudhishthira. "Where is my wife?"
"They are in Naraka," said the gods.
"I must go there!" said Yudhishthira.
So Yudhishthira then descended into hell.


Inspired by: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik.
Notes: This story is on p. 335.

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