After failing to negotiate a peace deal with the Kauravas, Krishna tries a different route. He knew, if by some means he could convince Karna to switch his allegiance to the Pandavas, Duryodhan would give up his ambition to win the battle and hence the throne of Hastinapur. With this motive in mind, Krishna visits Karna and reveals Karna's true identity. Krishna then asks an overwhelmed Karna to join the Pandavas and thus prevent the impending war. Karna is tempted but his loyalty to Duryodhan takes precedence in his decision making.