As the trumpets
announced the arrival of the wrestlers one by one, Krishna and Balarama were also
approaching the arena to watch the fun. But their way was blocked at the entrance by a
huge elephant. It was the great royal elephant, Kuvalayapida, which had been purposely
stationed there to provoke them.
The mahout spurred the animal to charge the young boys. But Krishna who had killed many
Asuras with ease broke one of the tusks of the elephant and using it as a weapon killed
Kuvalayapida and the mahout.