Abhimanyu's son, Parikshit became the king of Hastinapur
after the Pandavas left for the mountains.
One day, while wandering in a forest, Parikshit felt thirsty. He came
upon a Sage and asked him for some water. The Sage was meditating and did
not hear Parikshit. Losing his temper, the king lifted a dead
snake and put it on the shoulders of the sage like a garland. Just then,
the sage's son returned and saw the king do this. He was furious and
cursed Parikshit to die from a snakebite within seven days. The sage
scolded his son and sent a message to the king informing him about the
curse. Soon, a big palace was built for Parikshit where he could be safe
However, on the seventh day, the king of serpents, Takshaka,
disguised himself as a worm and entered a fruit. A soon as the king bit
the fruit, Takshaka assumed his real form and coiled himself around
Parikshit, killing him.