The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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with his arrows the king, that greatest of car-warriors in the whole world.  Then commenced a battle between those two.  Both shooting keen arrows and both aiming countless shafts, each of those mighty car-warriors made the other invisible in that battle.  And Satyaki, pierced by the Kuru king, looked exceedingly resplendent as blood copiously ran adown his body, like a sandal tree shedding its juicy secretions.  Thy son also pierced by Satwata with clouds of shafts, looked beautiful like a stake set up (at a sacrifice) decked all over with gold.  Then Madhava, O king, in that battle, cut off with razor-faced arrow, smiling the while, the bow of the Kuru king.  And then he pierced the bowless king with countless arrows.  Pierced with arrows by that foe of great activity, the king could not brook this indication of the enemy’s success.  Duryodhana then, taking up another formidable bow, the back of whose staff was decked with gold, speedily pierced Satyaki with a hundred arrows.  Deeply pierced by thy mighty son armed with the bow, Yuyudhana became inflamed with wrath and began to afflict thy son.  Beholding the king thus afflicted, thy sons, those mighty car-warriors, shrouded Satyaki with dense showers of arrows, shot with great force.  Whilst being thus shrouded by those mighty car-warriors, viz., thy multitude of sons, Yuyudhana pierced each of them with five arrows, and once more with seven.  And soon he pierced Duryodhana with eight swift arrows and, smiling the while, cut off the latter’s bow that frightened all foes.  And with a few arrows he also felled the king’s standard adorned with a jewelled elephant.  And slaying then the four steeds of Duryodhana with four arrows, the illustrious Satyaki felled the king’s charioteer with a razor-faced shaft.  Meanwhile, Yuyudhana, filled with joy, pierced the mighty car-warrior, viz., the Kuru king, with many arrows capable of penetrating into the very vitals.  Then, O king, thy son Duryodhana, while being thus struck in that battle with those excellent arrows of Sini’s grandson, suddenly fled away.  And the king, quickly mounted the car of Chitrasena, armed with the bow.  Beholding the king thus attacked by Satyaki in battle, and reduced to the position of Soma in the firmament while seized by Rahu, cries of woe arose from every section of the Kuru host.  Hearing that uproar, the mighty car-warrior Kritavarman quickly proceeded to that spot where the puissant Madhava. was battling.  And Kritavarman proceeded, shaking his bow, and urging his steeds, and urging his charioteer with the words, ‘Go with speed, Go with speed!’ Beholding Kritavarman rushing towards him like the Destroyer himself with wide-open mouth, Yuyudhana, O king, addressed his driver, saying, ’That Kritavarman, armed with arrows, is rushing in his car towards me with speed.  Then, with his steeds urged to their greatest speed, and on his car duly equipped, Satyaki came upon the ruler of the Bhojas, the foremost of all bowmen. 
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