The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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that foremost of men, viz., the son of Adhiratha, deprived of his car, Duryodhana, O monarch, said unto (his brother) Durmukha, ’There, O Durmukha, the son of Radha hath been deprived of his car by Bhimasena.  Furnish that foremost of men, that mighty car-warrior with a car.’  Hearing these words of Duryodhana, thy son Durmukha, O Bharata, quickly proceeded towards Karna and covered Bhima with his shafts.  Beholding Durmukha desirous of supporting the Suta’s son in that battle, the son of the Wind god was filled with delight and began to lick the corners of his mouth.  Then resisting Karna the while with his shafts, the son of Pandu quickly drove his car towards Durmukha.  And in that moment, O king, with nine straight arrows of keen points, Bhima despatched Durmukha to Yama’s abode, Upon Durmukha’s slaughter, the son of Adhiratha mounted upon the car of that prince and looked resplendent, O king, like the blazing sun.  Beholding Durmukha lying prostrate on the field, his very vital pierced (with shafts) and his body bathed in blood, Karna with tearful eyes abstained for a moment from the fight.  Circumambulating the fallen prince and leaving him there, the heroic Karna began to breathe long and hot breaths and knew not what to do.  Seizing that opportunity, O king, Bhimasena shot at the Suta’s son four and ten long shafts equipped with vulturine feathers.  Those blood-drinking shafts of golden wings, endued with great force illuminating the ten points as they coursed through the welkin, pierced the armour of the Suta’s son, and drank his life-blood, O king, and passing through his body, sank into the earth and looked resplendent like angry snakes, O monarch, urged on by Death himself, with half their bodies inserted within their holes.  Then the son of Radha, without reflecting a moment, pierced Bhima in return with four and ten fierce shafts adorned with gold.  Those fierce-winged arrows, piercing through Bhima’s right arms, entered the earth like birds entering a grove of trees.  Striking against the earth, those arrows looked resplendent, like the blazing rays of the sun while proceeding towards the Asta hills.  Pierced in that battle with those all-piercing arrows, Bhima began to shed copious streams of blood, like a mountain ejecting streams of water.  Then Bhima pierced the Suta’s son in return with three shafts endued with the impetuosity of Garuda and he pierced the latter’s charioteer also with seven.  Then, O king, Karna thus afflicted by Bhima’s might, became exceedingly distressed.  And that illustrious warrior then fled, forsaking the battle, borne away by his fleet steeds.  The Atiratha Bhimasena, however, drawing his bow adorned with gold, stayed in battle, looking resplendent like a blazing fire.’”

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