"O, DURYODHANA, you are yet alive-hear the news and rejoice! All the
Panchalas have been slaughtered. The sons of the Pandavas have also been all done to
death. The entire army of theirs has been destroyed.
We made a night attack on them whenthey were asleep. There are only
seven survi- vors now on the Pandava side. On our side, Kripacharya, Kritavarma and I
Thus said Aswatthama to the dying Duryo- dhana who, on hearing this,
slowly opened his eyes and, with struggling breath, gasped out these words:
"Aswatthama, you have indeed done for me what neither the great
Bhishma nor the valiant Karna could achieve! You have gladdened my heart and I die
happy." Saying this, Duryodhana expired.
When he saw the unexpected destruction of his army as a result of the
attack during sleep, Yudhishthira gave way to grief and broke down: