To Hastinapura came the sad tidings of the death of Vasudeva and the
destruction of the Yadavas. When the Pandavas received the news, they lost all remaining
attachment to fife on earth.
They crowned Parikshit, son ofAbhimanyu, as emperor and the five
brothers left the city with Draupadi. They went out on a pilgrimage, visiting holy places
and finally reached the Himalayas.
A dog joined them somewhere and kept them company all along, and the
seven of them climbed the mountain on their last pilgrimage. As they toiled up the
mountain path one by one fell exhausted and died.
The youngest succumbed first. Draupadi, Sahadeva and Nakula were
released from the burden of the flesh one after another. Then followed Arjuna and then
great Bhima too.
Yudhishthira saw this dear ones fall and die. Yet, serenely he went on
not giving way to grief, for the light of Truth burned bright before him and he knew what
was shadow and what was substance.