The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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of locusts, as they coursed through the welkin.  Indeed.  Dhananjaya, having by his arrows caused a shade over the troops like that of the clouds, slew, by the force of his weapons, all the Mlecchas, with heads completely shaved or half-shaved or covered with matted locks, impure in habits, and of crooked faces.  Those dwellers of hills, pierced with arrows, those denizens of mountain-caves, fled away in fear.  And ravens and Kankas and wolves, with great glee, drank the blood of those elephants and steeds and their Mleccha-riders overthrown on the field by Partha with his sharp shafts.  Indeed, Arjuna caused a fierce river to flow there whose current consisted of blood. (Slain) foot-soldiers and steeds and cars and elephants constituted its embankments.  The showers of shafts poured constituted its rafts and the hairs of the combatants formed its moss and weeds.  And the fingers cut off from the arms of warriors, formed its little fishes.  And that river was as awful as Death itself at the end of the Yuga.  And that river of blood flowed towards the region of Yama, and the bodies of stain elephants floating on it, obstructed its current.  And the earth was covered all over with the blood of Kshatriyas and of elephants and steeds and their riders, and became one bloody expanse like to what is seen when Indra showers a heavy down-pour covering uplands and lowlands alike.  And that bull among Kshatriyas despatched six thousand horsemen and again a thousand foremost of Kshatriyas in that battle into the jaws of death.  Thousands of well-equipped elephants, pierced with arrows, lay prostrate on the field, like hills struck down by thunder.  And Arjuna careered over the field, slaying steeds and car-warriors and elephants, like an elephant of rent temples crushing a forest a reeds.  As a conflagration, urged by the wind, consumes a dense forest of trees and creepers and plants and dry wood and grass, even so did that fire, viz., Pandu’s son Dhananjaya, having shafts for its flames and urged on by the Krishna-wind, angrily consume the forest of thy warriors.  Making the terraces of cars empty, and causing the earth to be strewn, with human bodies, Dhananjaya seemed to dance bow in hand, in the midst of those vast masses of men.  Deluging the earth with blood by means of his shafts, endued with the strength of the thunder, Dhananjaya, excited with wrath, penetrated into the Bharata host.  While thus proceeding, Srutayus, the ruler of the Amvashthas, resisted him.  Arjuna then, O sire, speedily felled with keen shafts equipped with Kanka feathers, the steeds of Srutayus struggling in battle.  And cutting off with other shafts, the bow also of his antagonist, Partha careered over the field.  The ruler of the Amvashthas, then with eyes troubled in wrath, took up a mace and approached the mighty car-warrior Partha and Kesava also in that battle.  Then that hero, uplifting his mace, stopped the (progress of Arjuna’s) car by its strokes, and struck Kesava also therewith.  Then that slayer of hostile
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