September 15, 2014

The Imperial Yagna

The Imperial Yagna

Yudisthir performing imperial yajnaOnce Sage Narada visited King Yudhisthira and said, "Your father, Pandu, who is in heaven, wants you to perform the imperial yagna after which you will become samrata (emperor)." King Yudhisthira asked Sage Vyasa to guide him. Sage Vyasa sent the rest of the Pandavas in different direction to conquer the kingdoms that were ruled by the Pandavas' enemies. They came back after bravely defeating their enemies and brought a lot of wealth that could be used for the yagna. King Yudhisthira invited many guests including sages and kings. Lord Krishna also graced the occasion with his presence. Sage Dhaumya was made the royal priest for the Yagna. King Yudhisthira performed all the rituals. Offerings were made to the gods. Brahmins were given gifts and the yagna was completed successfully. All the elders blessed King Yudhisthira and he became the samrata.

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