O scorcher of foes, had been the great king of the
Kekayas. Having made over the sovereignty of
his kingdom to his son he had come into the woods.
Satayupa, received king Dhritarashtra with due rites.
Accompanied by him, the latter proceeded to the retreat
of Vyasa. Arrived at Vyasa’s retreat, the
delighter of the Kurus received his initiation into
the forest mode of life. Returning he took up
his abode in the retreat of Satayupa. The high-souled
Satayupa, instructed Dhritarashtra in all the rites
of the forest mode, at the command of Vyasa. In
this way the high-souled Dhritarashtra set himself
to the practice of penances, and all his followers
also to the same course of conduct. Queen Gandhari
also, O monarch, along with Kunti, assumed barks of
trees and deer-skins for her robe, and set herself
to the observance of the same vows as her lord.
Restraining their senses in thought, words, and deeds,
as well as by eye, they began to practise severe austerities.
Divested of all stupefaction of mind, king Dhritarashtra
began to practise vows and penances like a great Rishi,
reducing his body to skin and bones, for his flesh
was all dried up, bearing matted locks on head, and
his person clad in barks and skins. Vidura, conversant
with the true interpretations of righteousness, and
endued with great intelligence, as also Sanjaya, waited
upon the old king with his wife. Both of them
with souls under subjection, Vidura and Sanjaya also
reduced themselves, and wore barks and rags."’
“Vaisampayana said, ’Those foremost of
ascetics, viz. Narada and Parvata and Devala
of austere penances, came there to see king Dhritarashtra.
The Island-born Vyasa with all his disciples, and
other persons endued with great wisdom and crowned
with ascetic success, and the royal sage Satayupa
of advanced years and possessed of great merit, also
came. Kunti worshipped them with due rites, O
king. All those ascetics were highly gratified
with the worship offered to them. Those great
Rishis gladdened the high-souled king Dhritarashtra
with discourses on religion and righteousness.
At the conclusion of their converse, the celestial
Rishi Narada, beholding all things as objects of direct
perceptions, said the following words.’
“Narada said, ’There was a ruler of the
Kekayas, possessed of great prosperity and perfectly
fearless. His name was Sahasrachitya and he was
the grandfather of this Satayupa. Resigning his
kingdom to his eldest son endued with a large measure
of righteousness, the virtuous king Sahasrachitya
retired into the woods. Reaching the other end
of blazing penances, that lord of Earth. endued with
great splendour, attained to the region of Purandara
where he continued to live in his company. On
many occasions, while visiting the region of Indra,
O king, I saw the monarch, whose sins had all been
burnt off by penances, residing in Indra’s abode.
After the same manner, king Sailalaya, the grandfather