But Aswatthama did not get sleep, for sorrow, indignation and hatred burnt
within him. He was listening to the noises that the nocturnal birds and prowling beasts
began to make as the night advanced, as he was turning over in his mind bow to execute his
promise to Duryodhana.
On the branches of the banian tree, under which the three warriors were
resting, hundreds of crows roosted. They were all quiet and asleep until a big owl came
and began to attack the birds one after another and kill them.
When Aswatthama saw the nocturnal bird of prey tear the helpless crows,
he got an idea. The crows that could not see at night flew round and round helplessly and
fell victims to the owl that attacked them violently.
"These wicked Pandavas and thePanchala that killed my father and
all their supporters can easily be killed by us, if we surprise them when they are
sleeping in their tents at night even as this owl is attacking these blind crows.