Om! Having bowed down into Narayana, and to Nara, the foremost of men, asalso to the goddess Sarasvati, should the word “Jaya” be uttered.

“Yudhishthira said, Ye deities, I do not see here Radhas son ofimmeasurable prowess, as also my high-souled brothers, and Yudhamanyu andUttamaujas, those great car-warriors that poured their bodies (aslibations) on the fire of battle, those kings and princes that met withdeath for my sake in battle.

Vaishampayana said, “King Yudhishthira the just, the son of Pritha, hadnot stayed there for more than a moment when, O thou of Kurus race, allthe gods with Indra at their head came to that spot.

Vaishampayana said, “King Yudhishthira, thus praised by the gods, theMaruts and the Rishis, proceeded to that place where those foremost onesof Kurus race were.

Janamejaya said, “Bhishma and Drona, those two high-souled persons, kingDhritarashtra, and Virata and Drupada, and Sankha and Uttara.

Janamejaya said, “O holy one, according to what rites should the learnedlisten to the Bharata? What are the fruits (acquirable by hearing it)?