The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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foes), after Arjuna had created in the field of battle that hall, made of arrows, led the steeds into it, in the very sight.  O monarch, of all thy troops.  And Krishna, who was well-skilled in grooming horses, then removed their fatigue, pain, froth, trembling and wounds.[142] Then plucking out their arrows and rubbing those steeds with his own hands, and making them trot duly, he caused them to drink.  Having caused them to drink, and removed their fatigue and pain, he once more carefully yoked them to that foremost of cars.  Then, that foremost one among all wielders of weapons, viz., Sauri, of great energy, mounting on that car with Arjuna, proceeded with great speed.  Beholding the car of that foremost of car-warriors once more equipped with these steeds, whose thirst had been slaked, the foremost ones among the Kuru army once more became cheerless.  They began to sigh, O king, like snakes whose fangs had been pulled out.  And they said, ’Oh, fie, fie on us!  Both Partha and Krishna have gone, in the very sight of all the Kshatriyas, riding on the same car, and clad in mail, and slaughtering our troops with as much ease as boys sporting with a toy.  Indeed, those scorchers of foes have gone away in the very sight of all the kings displaying the prowess and unimpeded by our shouting and struggling combatants.’  Seeing them gone away, other warriors said, ’Ye Kauravas, speed ye for the slaughter of Krishna and the diadem-decked (Arjuna).  Yoking his steeds unto his car in the very sight of all (our) bowmen, he of Dasarha’s race is proceeding towards Jayadratha, slaughtering us in battle.’  And some lords of earth there, O king, amongst themselves, having seen that highly wonderful incident in battle never seen before said, ’Alas, through Duryodhana’s fault, these warriors of king Dhritarashtra, the Kshatriyas, and the whole earth, fallen into great distress, are being destroyed.  King Duryodhana understands it not.’  Thus spoke many Kshatriyas.  Others, O Bharata, said, ’The ruler of the Sindhus hath already been despatched to Yama’s abode.  Of narrow sight and unacquainted with means, let Duryodhana now do what should be done for that king.[143] Meanwhile, the son of Pandu, seeing the sun coursing towards the Western hills, proceeded with greater speed towards the ruler of the Sindhus, on his steeds, whose thirst had been slaked.  The (Kuru) warriors were unable to resist that mighty-armed hero, that foremost of all wielders of weapons, as he proceeded like the Destroyer himself in wrath.  That scorcher of foes, viz., the son of Pandu, routing the warriors (before him), agitated that army, like a lion agitating a herd of deer, as he proceeded for getting at Jayadratha.  Penetrating into the hostile army, he, of Dasarha’s race, urged the steeds with great speeds, and blew his conch, Panchajanya, which was of the hue of the clouds.  The shafts shot before by the son of Kunti began to fall behind him, so swiftly did those steeds, endued with the speed of the wind, drew that
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