Leaving Duryodhana with a broken
thigh, the Pandavas returned to their camp. They thought that all Kauravas were dead and
victory was theirs. But Draupadis cup of misery was not yet full.
Dronas son Ashwatthama supported Duryodhana. He swore to kill the Pandavas and
went into their camp during the night. He could not lay his hands on the Pandavas. He
beheaded the Upa-Pandavas, the five sons of Draupadi.
Day dawned; Draupadi saw what had happened and her heart turned to ashes. She rolled on
the ground in sorrow with tears streaming down her face.
Draupadi had lived long years of intense agony; at last when happiness seemed near, she
lost all her sons.