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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,884 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1.
by the arms.  And they not forgiving each other, then there ensued a conflict between the infuriated Bhima and the Rakshasa, like unto that between a god and a demon.  And repeatedly uprooting trees, those two of mighty strength struck each other, shouting and roaring like two masses of clouds.  And those foremost of athletes, each wishing to kill the other, and rushing at the other with vehemence, broke down many a gigantic tree by their thighs.  Thus that encounter with trees, destructive of plants, went on like unto that between the two brothers Vali and Sugriva—­desirous of the possession of a single woman.  Brandishing trees for a moment, they struck each other with them, shouting incessantly.  And when all the trees of the spot had been pulled down and crushed into fibres by them endeavouring to kill each other, then, O Bharata, those two of mighty strength, taking up rocks, began to fight for a while, like unto a mountain and a mighty mass of clouds.  And not suffering each other, they fell to striking each other with hard and large crags, resembling vehement thunder-bolts.  Then from strength defying each other, they again darted at each other, and grasping each other by their arms, began to wrestle like unto two elephants.  And next they dealt each other fierce blows.  And then those two mighty ones began to make chattering sounds by gnashing their teeth.  And at length, having clenched his fist like a five-headed snake, Bhima with force dealt a blow on the neck of the Rakshasa.  And when struck by that fist of Bhima, the Rakshasa became faint, Bhimasena stood, catching hold of that exhausted one.  And then the god-like mighty-armed Bhima lifted him with his two arms, and dashing him with force on the ground, the son of Pandu smashed all his limbs.  And striking him with his elbow, he severed from his body the head with bitten lips and rolling eyes, like unto a fruit from its stem.  And Jatasura’s head being severed by Bhimasena’s might, he fell besmeared with gore, and having bitten lips.  Having slain Jatasura, Bhima presented himself before Yudhishthira, and the foremost Brahmanas began to eulogise him (Bhima) even as the Marutas (eulogise) Vasava.”

SECTION CLVII

Vaisampayana continued, “On that Rakshasa having been slain, that lord, the royal son of Kunti, returned to the hermitage of Narayana and began to dwell there.  And once on a time, remembering his brother Jaya (Arjuna), Yudhishthira summoned all his brothers, together with Draupadi and said these words, ’We have passed these four years peacefully ranging the woods.  It hath been appointed by Vibhatsu that about the fifth year he will come to that monarch of mountains, the excellent cliff Sweta, ever graced with festivities held by blooming plants and maddened Kokilas and black bees, and peacocks, and chatakas and inhabited by tigers, and boars and buffaloes, and gavayas, and deer, and ferocious beasts; and sacred; and lovely with blown

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