Ghatotkacha and his troops of asuras who are strongest at night, found
darkness an additional advantage and violently attacked Duryodhana's army.
Duryodhana's heart sank within him when he saw thousands of his men
destroyed by Ghatotkacha and his demon army moving in the air and attacking in weird and
"Kill this fellow at once, Karna,' for other- wise, soon our whole
army will cease to be. Finish him without further delay." Thus begged all the
perplexed Kauravas of Karna.
Karna was himself angry and bewildered, having just been wounded by one
of the asura's arrows. He had with him no doubt the spear of unerring effect which Indra
had given to him, but it could be used only once, and he had carefully husbanded it for
exclusive use on Arjuna with whom a decisive encounter he knew wasinevitable.
But in the confusion and wrath of that eerie midnight melee, Karna,
impelled by a sudden urge, hurled the missile at the young giant.
Thus was Arjuna saved, but at great cost. Bhima's beloved son,
Ghatotkacha, who from mid-air was showering his deadly arrows on the Kaurava army, dropped
dead, plunging the Pandavas in grief.