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Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 454 pages of information about Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1.
all placing themselves on commanding posts, aided by cavalry and standard-bearers, began to defend the town.  And Ugrasena and Uddhava and others, to prevent carelessness, proclaimed throughout the city that nobody should drink.  And all the Vrishnis and the Andhakas, well-knowing that they would be slain by Salwa if they behaved carelessly, remained sober and watchful.  And the police soon drove out of the city all mimes and dancers and singers of the Anartta country.  And all the bridges over rivers were destroyed, and boats forbidden to ply, and the trenches (around the city) were spiked with poles at the bottom.  And the land around the city for full two miles was rendered uneven, and holes and pits were dug thereon, and combustibles were secreted below the surface.  Our fort, O sinless one, is naturally strong and always well-defended and filled with all kinds of weapons!  And in consequence of the preparations made, our city was more prepared than ever to meet the foe.  And, O chief of the Bharatas, in consequence of all this, the city looked like that of Indra himself.  And, O king, at the time of Salwa’s approach, nobody could either enter or leave the town of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas without presenting the sign that had been agreed upon.  And all the streets of the town and the open spaces were filled with numerous elephants and horses!  And, O thou of mighty arms, the combatants were all specially gratified with allowances and wages, and rations, and weapons, and dresses!  And amongst the combatants there was none who was not paid in gold, and none who was not paid at all, and none who was not somehow obliged, and none who was not of tried valour!  And, O thou of eyes like lotus-leaves, it was thus Dwaraka, abounding in well-ordered arrangements, was defended by Ahuka (Ugrasena)!’”

SECTION XVI

“Vasudeva continued, ’O king of kings, Salwa, the lord of Saubha, came towards our city with an immense force consisting of infantry, cavalry and elephants!  And the army headed by king Salwa, consisting of four kinds of forces, occupied a level ground commanding a copious water-supply.  And forsaking cemeteries and temples dedicated to the gods, and sacred trees, and grounds covered by ant-hills, that host occupied every other place.  And the roads (leading to the city) were blocked up by the divisions of the army, and the secret entrances also were all blocked up by the enemy’s camp.  And, O Kauravya, like unto the lord of birds (Garuda), the ruler of Saubha rushed towards Dwaraka, bringing with him, O bull among men, his host equipped with all kinds of arms, skilled in all weapons, consisting of a dense display of cars and elephants and cavalry abounding in banners, and well-paid and well-fed foot-soldiers possessed of great strength and bearing every mark of heroism and furnished with wonderful chariots and bows.  And beholding the army of Salwa, the youthful princes of the Vrishni race resolved to encounter

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