The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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the warriors had attached all around them excellent banners.  Indeed, having banners of diverse hues attached to them all around, those standards looked exceedingly beautiful.  Those banners, again, moved by the wind, looked like fair ladies dancing in the midst of a sporting arena.  Endued with the splendour of the rainbow, those banners, O bull of Bharata’s race, of those car-warriors, floating in the breeze, highly adorned their cars.  The standard, bearing the sign of the ape of fierce face and tail, like that of the lion, belonging to Dhananjaya, seemed to inspire fear in that battle.  That standard, O king of the wielder of Gandiva, bearing that foremost of apes, and adorned with many banners, frightened the Kuru host.  Similarly, the lion-tail standard-top of Drona’s son, O Bharata, we saw, was endued with the effulgence of the rising sun Decked with gold, floating in the breeze, possessed of the splendour of the rainbow, the standard mark of Drona’s son appeared on high, inspiring the foremost of Kuru warriors with joy.  The standard of Adhiratha’s son bore the mark of an elephant-rope made of gold.  It seemed, O king, in battle to fill the whole welkin.  The banner, adorned with gold and garlands, attached to the standard of Karna in battle, shaken by the wind, seemed to dance upon his car.  The preceptor of the Pandavas, that Brahmana, given to ascetic penances, viz., Kripa the son of Gotama, had for his mark an excellent bovine bull.  That high-souled one, O king, with that bovine bull, looked as resplendent, as the Destroyer of the three cities[147] looks resplendent with his bull.  Vrishasena has a peacock made of gold and adorned with jewels and gems.  And it stood on his standard, as if in the act of crowing, and always adorned the wan of the army.  With that peacock, the car of the high-souled Vrishasena shone, like the car, O king, of Skanda (the celestial generalissimo) shining ’with his peacock unrivalled and beautiful ploughshare made of gold and looking like flame of fire.  That ploughshare, O sire, looked resplendent on his car.  Salya, the ruler of the Madras, we saw, had on his standard-top an image like the presiding goddess of corn, endued with beauty and producing every seed.  A silver boar adorned the standard-top of the ruler of the Sindhus.  Decked with golden chains, it was of the splendour of a white crystal.[148] With that silver mark on his barrier, the ruler of the Sindhus looked as resplendent, as Surya in days of yore in the battle between the celestials and the Asuras.  The standard of Somadatta’s son, devoted to sacrifices, bore the sign of the sacrificial stake.  It was seen to shine like the sun or the moon.  That sacrificial stake made of gold, O king of Somadatta’s son, looked resplendent like the tall stake erected in the foremost of sacrifices called the Rajasuya.  The standard of Salya, O monarch, bearing a huge silver-elephant was adorned, on all sides, with peacocks made of gold.  The standard, O bull of Bharata’s race, adorned
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