The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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best of kings thus asked the son of Hridika (Kritavarman) relate to me in detail the invasion of the city by Salwa, and his subsequent departure from it.  And, O thou foremost of Bharatas, hearing all, even then I made up my mind to slay Salwa.  And encouraging the citizens, O best of Bharatas, I cheerfully addressed king Ahuka, and Anakdundhuvi, and the chief heroes of the Vrishni race, saying, ’Do ye, O bulls among the Yadavas, stay in the city, taking every care, and know that I go to slay Salwa!  I return not to the city of Dwaravati without slaying him.  I will again come to ye having compassed the destruction of Salwa together with his car of precious metals.  Do ye strike up the sharp and middle and flat notes of the Dundhuvi so dreadful to foes!’ And O thou bull of the Bharata race, thus adequately encouraged by me, those heroes cheerfully said unto me, ‘Go and slay the enemies!’ And thus receiving the benedictions of those warriors with glad hearts, and causing the Brahmanas to utter auspicious words and bowing down to the best of the regenerate ones, and to Siva also, I set out on my car unto which were yoked the horses Saivya, and Sugriva, filling all sides with the clatter (of my wheels) and blowing that best of conchs, the Panchajanya!  And, O king, O tiger among men, accompanied by my redoubted and victorious army consisting of the four kinds of the forces so persevering in battle, I set out.  And leaving many countries, and mountains, crowned with trees, and pieces of water, and streams, I at last arrived at the country of Matrikavarta.  It is there, O thou tiger among men, that I heard that Salwa was coursing on his car of precious metals near the ocean, and I followed in his pursuit.  And, O thou slayer of thy foes, having reached the main, Salwa on his car of costly metals was in the midst of the deep heaving with billows!  And on seeing me from a distance, O Yudhishthira, that one of wicked soul himself challenged me repeatedly to the fight.  And many arrows capable of piercing to the quick, discharged from my bow reached not his car.  And at this I was wroth!  And, O king, that essentially sinful wretch of a Daitya’s son of irrepressible energy, on his part began to shoot thousand upon thousands of arrows in torrents!  And, O Bharata, he rained shafts upon my soldiers and upon my charioteer and upon my steeds!  But without thinking of the shafts, we continued the conflict.  Then the warriors following Salwa poured on me straight arrows by thousands.  And the Asuras covered my horses and my car and Daruka with arrows capable of piercing the very vitals.  And, O hero, I could not at that time see either my horses, or my car, or my charioteer Daruka!  And I with my army was covered with weapons.  And, O son of Kunti, superhumanly skilled in weapons, I also let fly from my bow arrows by tens of thousands, inspiring them with mantras!  But as that car of costly metals was in the sky, full two miles off, it could not, O Bharata, be seen by my troops. 
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