The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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like the Asura Vala or old who rushed at the chief of the celestials.  And the mighty Bhimasena, on whose behalf the gods had been invoked by Krishna, that cousin of his, having consulted with advanced towards Jarasandha, impelled by the desire of fight.  Then those tigers among men, those heroes of great prowess, with their bare arms as their only weapons, cheerfully engaged themselves in the encounter, each desirous of vanquishing the other.  And seizing each other’s arms and twining each other’s legs, (at times) they slapped their arm-pits, causing the enclosure to tremble at the sound.  And frequently seizing each other’s necks with their hands and dragging and pushing it with violence, and each pressing every limb of his body against every limb of the other, they continued, O exalted one, to slap their arm-pits (at time).  And sometimes stretching their arms and sometimes drawing them close, and now raising them up and now dropping them down, they began to seize each other.  And striking neck against neck and forehead against forehead, they caused fiery sparks to come out like flashes of lightning.  And grasping each other in various ways by means of their arms, and kicking each other with such violence as to affect the innermost nerves, they struck at each other’s breasts with clenched fists.  With bare arms as their only weapons roaring like clouds they grasped and struck each other like two mad elephants encountering each other with their trunks.  Incensed at each other’s blow, they fought on dragging and pushing each other and fiercely looking at each other like two wrathful lions.  And each striking every limb of the other with his own and using his arms also against the other, and catching hold of each other’s waist, they hurled each other to a distance.  Accomplished in wrestling, the two heroes clasping each other with their arms and each dragging the other unto himself, began to press each other with great violence.  The heroes then performed those grandest of all feats in wrestling called Prishtabhanga, which consisted in throwing each other down with face towards the earth and maintaining the one knocked down in that position as long as possible.  And employing his arms, each also performed the feats called Sampurna-murchcha and Purna-kumbha.  At times they twisted each other’s arms and other limbs as if these were vegetable fibres that were to be twisted into chords.  And with clenched fists they struck each other at times, pretending to aim at particular limbs while the blows descended upon other parts of the body.  It was thus that those heroes fought with each other.  The citizens consisting of thousands, of Brahmanas, Kshatriyas and Vaisyas and Sudras, and even women and the aged, O tiger among men, came out and gathered there to behold the fight.  And the crowd became so great that it was one solid mass of humanity with no space between body and body.  The sound the wrestlers made by the slapping of their arms, the seizing of each other’s necks for bringing each
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