Bharadwaja again undertook a pilgrimage.
This time he was satisfied that people were contented and had no problems. Every place he
visited, along with Atri and other eminent sages, became a hallowed place of pilgrimage.
To this day there are numerous pond and tanks which bear the names of the
Bharadwajas hermitage on the banks of the river Saraswati became a place for
contemplation. The Vedic recital by the large number of students cast a holy influence on
every tree of the hermitage. In the peaceful forest in which the hermit was living even
wild animals lived in harmony as if they had changed their nature.
Gradually age overtook the sage. After prolonged contemplation one day he opened his
eyes slowly. Dawn was about to break. The chirping of birds was pleasant to hear. All
around there was greenery and cold breeze was blowing mixed with the pleasant fragrance of
flowers. Nearby his wife Susheeladevi was seated. She folded her hands and was looking
Bharadwaja had offered prayers to the morning goddess Usha. In an orderly manner he
offered his prayers to all the gods.
"Goddess Usha (Dawn), when you appear birds fly out of their nests. People move
about to earn their bread. Bestow wealth on your worshippers. O Pooshan, grant us the
company of the wise.... 0 Soma and Rudra, end all epidemic diseases. Fill our bodies with
sickness- resistant materials Indra and Varuna, grant us the power to get over sins, just
as people cross a flood by means of a ferry."
This is not a prayer offered by Bharadwaja for his own self. But it is a prayer offered
by the ascetic for the good of the entire mankind.
There emerged an extraordinary flash in the sky. Gods showered flowers on the
Bharadwaja couple. A heavenly chariot appeared. Indra and other gods bowed to the holy
being and said: "Great soul, we welcome you to make heaven your abode." Assuming
a celestial form, the Bharadwaja couple boarded the chariot and reached heaven.