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The descendants of Yadu, who lived near the Yamuna river.


A prince of the Chandra vansh. His descendants are called Yadavas. The epic Mahabharata and Puranas refer to Yadu as the eldest  son of mythological King Yayati.


Those of the clan of Yadu.


A Vedic ritual or sacrifice performed to please the Gods or sometimes to the Supreme Spirit Brahman. Often it involves a fire, which represents the god Agni, in the centre of the stage and items are offered into the fire.


Yaksha or Yakkha is the name of a broad class of nature-spirits or minor deities who appear in Hindu mythology. The feminine form of the word is yaki or yaki.


Yama, also known as Yamaraja is the lord of death. God of dharma, whose son was Yudhishthira.


Yahsoda was wife of Nanda and foster-mother of, Krishna, who was given to them by Vasudeva. Yashoda also was mother to Balarama and his sister Subhadra.


Son of Sage Bharadwaja who was bent upon mastering the Vedas.


Emperor of the Bharata race who rescued Devayani from the well into which she had been thrown by Sarmishtha. He later married both Devayani and Sarmishtha. One of the ancestors of the Pandavas who became prematurely old due to Sukracharya's curse.


Spiritual practices performed primarily as a means to enlightenment. Traditionally, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Raja Yoga are considered the four main yogas. Hatha Yoga  has asanas or exercises.


One who practices yoga. Refer above for Yoga.


A Panchala prince supporting the Pandavas, who was assigned the task of protecting the wheels of Arjuna's chariot along with Uttamauja. He was slain in his sleep by Ashvatthama.


Yudhisthira was the eldest son of King Pandu and Queen Kunti, King of Hastinapura and Indraprastha. He was the principal protagonist of the Kurukshetra War, and for his unblemished piety, known as Dharmaraja.


In Hindu philosophy, the cycle of creation is divided into four yugas (ages or eras).


Another name of Satyaki, who was not killed in the warfare but in a mutual fight among Yadavas.


A noble son of Dhritarashtra who bent his head in shame and sorrow when Yudhishthira lost Draupadi. He also disapproved of the unfair way in which Abhimanyu was killed.

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