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The tenth book of the Sanskrit Mahābhārata, recounting how, possessed by Śiva, Aśvatthāman carries out his threat to massacre the victorious Pāṇḍava army as it sleeps, and then unleashes a weapon of total destruction. Kṛṣṇa, however, intervenes to preserve the Kuru line in the person of the unborn Parikṣit.

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