Duryodhana and Shakuni seek private audience with Sahadeva while the Pandavas are in a meeting with Drupada and Virata and Yudhishtra asks everyone to leave. Duryodhana requests Sahadeva to fix the auspicious moment for offering sacrifice to the Lord so as to ensure victory in the war. Without hesitation, Sahadeva computes and tells Duryodhana to offer the 'bali' on the forthcoming new moon day. Duryodhana is dubious about the trustworthiness of Sahadeva's pronouncements, but Shakuni assures Sahadeva to be infallible. Sahadeva believes he should be true to dharmic injunctions and he would never lie even if he is servicing his enemy. Duryodhana is overjoyed to learn that the Pandavas haven't offered any sacrifice as yet.
After the duo leave the Pandavas ask Sahadeva about Duryodhana's mission. They are dismayed to learn that Sahadeva has provided the correct 'muhurtam' for Duryodhana. Yudhishtra asks Krishna to help them salvage the situation, as the sacrifice at the suggested hour would bring victory for the Kauravas. Krishna tells Yudhishtra and Sahadeva that whereas they earn a good name by being true to the scriptures, He is left to undo the results from those actions and get a bad name! However, He assures them that He would always protect those who surrender to Him.
Krishna is offering 'tarpanam' and the gods in the heaven are surprised as the New Moon is due only the next day. The Sun God decides to ask Krishna himself, but Krishna asks him to wait for some more time. The Moon God appears next. Immediately, Krishna gets up and offers 'havisu' to the two gods who are still uncomprehending. Krishna explains that since the sun and the moon have come together, it is indeed the New Moon day and instructs the Pandavas to offer sacrifice to Goddess Durga.