"At the very moment of victory, we have been totally defeated. The
vanquished have indeed triumphed. Draupadi's children, who survived the onslaught of the
formidable Karna, have, by ourunwariness, been crushed and destroyed like ver min.
We have allowed ourselves to be destroy- ed like a merchantship which,
having successfully crossed the big seas, returns home but capsizes in a ditch and is
lost." Draupadi was overwhelmed by inconsol- able grief. She came to Dharmaputra's
side and wept. "Is there no one to avenge my children's slaughter, by destroying this
great sinner Aswatthama?" she cried.
When shesaid this, the Pandavasimmedia- tely went out in search of the
murderer. They looked for him in all sorts of places and found him, at last, on the bank
of the Ganga, hiding himself behind Vyasa.
When he saw the Pandavas andJanardana approaching, Aswatthama quietly
took up a blade of grass and charged it with the mantra of destruction and sent it for
ward saying: "May this destroy the race of the Pandavas," and it went straight
to the womb of Uttara who bore in her the son of Abhimanyu.