Ganesha writing the Mahabharata
upon Vyasa's dictation
Both Bhisma and Drona acknowledged that dharma was on the side of the Pandava brothers, but they were bound to fight on the Kaurava side because they were enslaved by artha. Yuyutsu was the only son of the Kaurava emperor Dhritarashtra who did not succumb to the power of artha. Keen to stand on the side of dharma, he discarded his Kaurava brothers and fought with Pandavas. Of Dhritarashtra’s 101 warrior sons, Yuyutsu was the only one who survived the war.
The Kurukshetra War led to ghastly carnage—millions died; great dynasties were wiped out. Eight warriors survived on the Pandava side: Krishna, the five Pandava brothers, Satyaki, and Yuyutsu. On the Kaurava side, three warriors survived: Kripacharya, Kritavarma, and Ashwatthama. But the Kurukshetra War was justified because it resulted in the establishment of the reign of dharma on earth.