they had started on their journey in sunshine of joy, they now proceeded in a dark cloud
of sorrow and anxiety.
The people of Varanavata were very happy to
learn of the coming of the Panda- vas to their city and welcomed them. After a brief stay
in other houses while the palace specially meant for them was being got ready, they moved
into it under Purochana's guidance.
It was named "Sivam" which means
prosperity, and that was the name which, in ghastly irony, was given to the deathtrap.
Yudhishthira diligently examined the whole place bearing in mind Vidura's warning and
verified that the building was without a shadow of doubt constructed with combustible
Yudhishthira told Bhima: "Though we know
very well that the palace is a trap of death, we should not make Purochana suspect that we
know his plot. We should get away at the right moment but escape would be difficult if we
gave room for any suspicion."
So they stayed in that house to all appearance
free from care. Meanwhile, Vidura had sent an expert miner who met them in secret and
said: "My pass-word is the veiled warning Vidura gave you. I have been sent to help
you for your protection."