The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Meanwhile O king, the two heroic brothers of Avanti, (viz., Vinda and Anuvinda), at the head of their forces, beholding the steeds of Arjuna to be tired, encountered him.  Filled with joy, they pierced Arjuna with four and sixty shafts, and Janardana with seventy, and the four steeds (of Arjuna’s car) with a hundred arrows.  Then Arjuna, O king, filled with wrath, and having a knowledge of the vital parts of the body, struck them both in the battle, with nine straight shafts, every one of which was capable of penetrating into the very vitals.  Thereupon, the two brothers, filled with rage, covered Vibhatsu and Kesava with showers of shafts and uttered leonine roars.  Then Partha of white steeds, with a couple of broad-headed shafts, quickly cut off in that battle the beautiful bows of the two brothers and then their two standards, bright as gold.  Vinda and Anuvinda then, O king, taking up to other bows and becoming infuriated with anger, began to grind the son of Pandu with their arrows.  Then Dhananjaya, the son of Pandu, exceedingly enraged, once more, with a couple of shafts quickly cut off those two bows also of his foes.  And with a few other arrows whetted on stone and equipped with wings of gold, Arjuna then slew their steeds, their charioteers, and the two combatants that protected their rear, with those that followed the latter.  And with another broad-headed arrow, sharp as a razor, he cut off the head of the eldest brother, who fell down on the earth, deprived of life, like a tree broken by the wind.  The mighty Anuvinda then endued with great prowess, beholding Vinda slain left his steedless car, having taken up a mace.  Then that foremost of car-warriors, viz., the brother of Vinda, apparently dancing as he advanced with that mace in his arms, proceeded in that battle for avenging the slaughter of his elder brother.  Filled with rage, Anuvinda struck Vasudeva on the forehead with that mace.  The latter, however, trembled not, but stood still like the mountain Mainaka.  Then Arjuna with six arrows, cut off his neck and two legs and two arms and head.  Thus cut off (into fragments, the limbs of) Anuvinda fell down like so many hills.  Beholding them both stain, their followers, O king, filled with rage rushed (towards Arjuna), scattering hundreds of arrows.  Slaying them soon, O bull of Bharata’s race, Arjuna looked resplendent like a fire consuming a forest on the expiry of winter.  Passing over those troops with some difficulty, Dhananjaya then shone brightly like the risen sun, transgressing the clouds under which it was hid.  Beholding him, the Kauravas were filled with fright.  But recovering soon enough, they rejoiced once more and rushed at him from all sides.  O bull of Bharata’s race!  Understanding that he was tired and that the ruler of the Sindhus was yet at a distance, they surrounded him, uttering leonine roars.  Beholding them, tilled with wrath, Arjuna, that bull among men, smilingly, addressed him of Dasarha’s race in

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