Yudhishthira is described as a determined follower of his dharma, whose heart and mind were untainted by worldly temptations. Yudhishthira ascends to heaven at the end of his role in the "Mahabharata," after carrying out many trials and tests of his piety and goodness.
Despite his steadiness in war, Yudhishthira has poor fighting skills. Possessing a more peaceful nature, he is described as passive-hearted and softly-spoken. However, he is skilled in chariot racing and spear fighting. He is renowned for his honesty, tolerance, justice and good behavior, as well as his understanding of politics.
Yudhishthira also goes by the names of:
- Bharata vanshi, or the descendant of Bharata, the emperor
- Ajatashatru, meaning "the one without enemies"
- Dharmaraja, meaning "the king of righteousness" or "the king of dharma"