the close of the Rajasuya, the princes, priests and elders, who had gathered for the
purpose, took leave and returned to their places. Vyasa also came to say farewell.
Dharmaputra rose and received him with due respect and sat by his side.
The sage said:
"O son of Kunti, you have got the title of
'emperor' which you eminently deserve. May the illustrious Kuru race gain even
greaterglory through you. Give me leave to return to my hermitage."
Yudhishthira touched the feet of his progenitor
and guru and said: "O master, you alone can remove my apprehensions: wise men have
predicted from, portents the happenings of catastrophic events. Has this prediction been
fulfilled by the death of Sisupala or is more to ensue.
Bhagavan Vyasa replied: "Dear child, much
of sorrow and suffering is in store for thirteen years to come. The portents indicate the
destruction of the Kshatriya race and are not exhausted with the death of Sisupala. Far