IN the course of their wanderings, the Pandavas reached the hermitage of
Raibhya on the banks of the Ganga.
Lomasa told them the story of the place: "This is the ghat where
Bharata, the son of Dasaratha, bathed. These waterscleansed Indra of the sin of killing
Here also Sanatkumara became one with God. Aditi, the mother of the
gods, offered oblations on this mountain and prayed to be blessed with a son.
O Yudhishthira, ascend this holy mountain and the misfortunes, which
have cast a cloud on your life, will vanish. Anger and passion will be washed off if you
bathe in the running waters of this river."
Then Lomasa expatiated in greater detail on the sanctity of the place.
He began the story thus: "Yavakrida, the son of a sage, met with
destruction in this very place."