The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4 eBook

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Vaisampayana said, “Having disorganised the hostile host by force and having recovered the kine, that foremost of bowmen, desirous of fighting again, proceeded towards Duryodhana.  And beholding the kine running wild towards the city of the Matsyas, the foremost warriors of the Kurus regarded Kiritin to have already achieved success.  And all of a sudden they fell upon Arjuna who was advancing towards Duryodhana.  And beholding their countless divisions firmly arrayed in order of battle with countless banners waving over them, that slayer of foes, addressing the son of the king of the Matsyas, said, ’Urge on, to the best of their speed by this road, these white steeds decked with golden bridles.  Strive thou well, for I would approach this crowd of Kuru lions.  Like an elephant desiring an encounter with another, the Suta’s son of wicked soul eagerly desireth a battle with me.  Take me, O prince, to him who hath grown so proud under the patronage of Duryodhana.’  Thus addressed, the son of Virata by means of those large steeds endued with the speed of the wind and furnished with golden armour, broke that array of cars and took the Pandava into the midst of the battle-field.  And seeing this those mighty car-warriors, Chitrasena and Sangramajit and Satrusaha and Jaya, desirous of aiding Karna, rushed with arrows and long shafts, towards the advancing hero of Bharata’s race.  Then that foremost of men, inflamed with wrath, began to consume by means of fiery arrows shot from his bow, that array of cars belonging to those bulls among the Kurus, like a tremendous conflagration consuming a forest.  Then, when the battle began to rage furiously, the Kuru hero, Vikarna, mounted on his car, approached that foremost of car-warriors, Partha, the younger brother of Bhima,—­showering upon him terrible shafts thick and long.  Then cutting Vikarna’s bow furnished with a tough string and horns overlaid with gold, Arjuna cut off his flagstaff.  And Vikarna, beholding his flagstaff cut off, speedily took to flight.  And after Vikarna’s flight, Satruntapa, unable to repress his ire, began to afflict Partha, that obstructer of foes and achiever of super-human feats, by means of a perfect shower of arrows.  And drowned, as it were, in the midst of the Kuru-array, Arjuna, pierced by that mighty car-warrior,—­king Satruntapa—­pierced the latter in return with five and then slew his car-driver with ten shafts, and pierced by that bull of the Bharata race with an arrow capable of cleaving the thickest coat of mail, Satruntapa fell dead on the field of battle, like a tree from a mountain-top torn up by the wind.  And those brave bulls among men, mangled in battle by that braver bull among men, began to waver and tremble like mighty forests shaken by the violence of the wind that blows at the time of the universal dissolution.  And struck in battle by Partha, the son of Vasava, those well-dressed heroes among men—­those givers of wealth endued with the energy of Vasava—­defeated and deprived

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