Pandavas ruled Indraprastha. in all glory. Those who surrounded Yudhishthira urged him to
perform the Rajasuya sacrifice and assume the title of "Emperor." It is evident
that imperialism had an irresistible glamour even in those days.
Yudhishthira sought Sri Krishna's advice in
this matter. When Krishna learnt that Dharmaputra desired to see him, he set out in a
chariot harnessed with swift horses and reached Indraprastha.
Yudhishthira said: "'My people urge me to
perform Rajasuya, but as you know, only he who can secure the respect and allegiance of
all kings, can perform that sacrifice and win the status of emperor.
Advise me, You are not among those whose
affection makes them blind and partial. Nor are you one of those who advise to please and
whose counsel is pleasant rather than true or wholesome."
Krishna replied: "Quite so-and that is why
you cannot be emperor while the mighty Jarasandha of Magadha is alive and unconquered. He
has conquered many kings and holds them in subjection.