The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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O great king, a well-known Danava named Vivindhya, a mighty warrior wielding a large and powerful bow, encountered Charudeshna!  And, O monarch, the encounter between Charudeshna and Vivindhya was as fierce as that in days of yore between Vritra and Vasava!  And enraged with each other the combatants pierced each other with their arrows, uttering loud roars like unto two powerful lions!  Then the son of Rukmini fixed on his bow-string a mighty weapon possessing the splendour of fire or the sun, and capable of destroying all foes, having first vivified it with incantations!  Then, O monarch, that mighty warrior my son, fired with wrath, challenged Vivindhya and discharged the weapon at him.  And the Danava struck with that weapon, fell down on the ground a lifeless corpse!  And beholding Vivindhya slain, and the whole host waver, Salwa advanced again on his beautiful car capable of going everywhere.  And, O king of mighty arms, beholding Salwa on that beautiful car of his, the combatants of Dwaraka wavered with fear!  But, O thou of the Kuru race, Pradyumna sailed out, and, O great king, bidding the Anarttas be of good cheer, said, ’Waver ye not, and staying behold me fight I Even I shall, by force, repell that car with Salwa on it!  Ye Yadavas, this day, I shall, with my weapons like unto serpents discharged from my bow with my hand, destroy this host of the lord of Saubha!  Be of good cheer, ye all!  Fear not!  The lord of Saubha will be slain today!  Attached by me, the wretch will meet with destruction together with his car!’ O son of Pandu, upon Pradyumna speaking thus with cheerful heart, the Yadava host, O hero, remained on the field, and began to fight cheerfully!’”


“Vasudeva continued, ’O bull of the Bharata race, having spoken thus unto the Yadavas, the son of Rukmini (Pradyumna) ascended his golden car.  And the car he rode was drawn by excellent steeds in mail.  And over it stood a standard bearing the figure of a Makara with gaping mouth and fierce as Yama.  And with his steeds, more flying than running on the ground, he rushed against the foe And the hero equipped with quiver and sword, with fingers cased in leather, twanged his bow possessed of the splendour of the lightning, with great strength, and transferring it from hand to hand, as if in contempt of the enemy, spread confusion among the Danavas and other warriors of the city of Saubha.  And as hot in contempt of the, foe, and continuously slew the Danavas in battle, no one could mark the slightest interval between his successive shafts.  And the colour of his face changed not, and his limbs trembled not.  And people only heard his loud leonine roars indicative of wonderful valour.  And the aquatic monster with mouth wide open, that devourer of all fishes, placed on golden flag-staff of that best of cars, struck terror into the hearts of Salwa’s warriors.  And, O king, Pradyumna, the mower of foes rushed with speed against Salwa himself so desirous

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