While spending their last days in the forest, Dhritrashtra, Gandhari, and Kunti requested Ved Vyas for something. This request was the result of a desire that had been mounting in their heart for sixteen years, ever since they had lost their relatives in the Mahabharata war. They just wanted to see all their kids once again — and the other family members who had died in the battlefield. But isn’t this impossible? Not for Ved Vyas, a partial incarnation of Krishna. On hearing the request, Ved Vyas said, “Today, I’ll show you all an unprecedented miracle.”
Ved Vyas asked Dhritrashtra, Gandhari, Kunti, the Pandavas, Draupadi, Subhadra, and the citizens of Yudhisthira’s town to wait along the bank of the Ganges at dusk. At a chosen moment, Ved Vyas entered the Ganges and summoned the armies of the past. Soon, all the departed generals and soldiers sprang out of the river, wearing divine bodies and attire. Vyas also blessed Dhritrashtra with vision so that he could finally see his sons. After all the citizens met their departed family members, Vyas dismissed the visitors. Everyone disappeared in the water to return to the lokas from where they had been called. As a result of this miracle, Dhritrashtra was relieved of the guilt that he had developed as a consequence of his son’s misdeeds. Gandhari and Kunti gained peace before leaving Earth. And the world learned that the Mahabharata, the biggest war for dharma, which had appeared as real as it could to people on Earth, was only a piece in Krishna’s divine play, the participants of which had never ceased to exist.