In Dwarka, Sages Vishvamitra, Kanva and Narada paid a visit. Some younsters made a boy dress like a woman. They went to rishis and asked, this woman is pregnant and kindly tells us whether she will give birth to a boy or a girl. The Rishis, did not appreciate the sense of humour of the youngsters, cursed that whatever is born to the woman shall cause the destruction of their race. The boy was hiding an iron mace in his dress to make him look like a pregnant woman. When Balarama heard about it he got the mace powdered and had it thrown away in the ocean. A small piece, which remained, was also thrown away.
In the thirsty-sixth year after the war, Vrishnis went on a picnic. They all got drunk. There was a fight between Kritavarma and Satyaki who had taken opposite sides in the Great War. Soon, all took sides. They took out stems of a very strong variety of sea weed, growing at the bank of the sea and hit each other. All of them died. Son of Krishna, Satyaki and Kritavarma, all were dead. Only Krishna, Balarama and Daruka, his charioteer remained. The seaweed had grown out of the powder of the mace, which had been thrown in to the sea. Balarama went in to a yogic trance and gave away his body. He turned into a huge white serpent and slipped in to the sea. It is said that he was an incarnation of the great Serpent 'Seshanaga' the bed of Lord Vishnu. Krishna was dejected and he was lying under a tree. A hunter passing by saw him and thought him to be a deer. Krishna was wearing yellow clothes. He shot an arrow made from the pieces of mace, thrown away. The arrow entered his sole and Krishna died and left for his eternal abode.
Arjuna came to Dwarka, as it was Krishna desire that all the woman and children be taken care of by the Pandavas. Vasudeva, the father of Krishna gave up his body by yoga. Some of the women went to his funeral pyres along with the bodies of their husbands.
Arjuna took all the women and children with him and started for Hastinapaura. As soon as they left Dwarka, the sea engulfed it. On the way robbers seeing so many women with a single man attacked and took the women and wealth away. Arjuna’s all powers of archery and the knowledge of astras failed. In despair he went back to Yudhisthira and told him all about the Vrishnis and Krishna.
The Pandavas too had their share of grief. Dhriatarastra, Gandhari, Kunti and Vidura went to the forest to live and to do penance. Vidura gave up his body while in yogic trance. Others were killed in forest fire.