the Pandavas set out for the forest, there arose a great clamour of lamentation from
people who thronged the streets and climbed the roofs and towers and trees to see them go.
The princes, who, of yore, rode in jewelled
chariots or on lordly elephants to strains of auspicious music, now walked away from their
birthright on weary feet, accompanied by weeping crowds. On all sides cries arose of
"Fie and Alas! Does not God see this from His heaven?"
The blind Dhritarashtra sent for Vidura and
asked him to describe the departure of the Pandavas into exile. Vidura
replied: "Yudhishthira, the son of Kunti, went with his face covered with a cloth.
Bhima went behind with his eyes lowered on his arms.
Arjuna proceeded scattering sand on his path.
Nakula and Sahadeva besmeared their bodies with dust and closely followed Yudhishthira.