The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Sanjaya said, ’Beholding thy sons lying (on the field), Karna of great prowess filled with great wrath, became hopeless about his life.  And Adhiratha’s son regarded himself guilty, seeing thy sons slain before his eyes in battle by Bhima.  Then Bhimasena, recollecting the wrongs formerly inflicted by Karna, became filled with rage and began with deliberate care to pierce Karna with many keen arrows.  Then Karna, piercing Bhima with five arrows, smiling the while, once more pierced him with seventy arrows, equipped with golden wings and whetted on stone.  Disregarding these shafts shot by Karna, Vrikodara pierced the son of Radha in that battle with a hundred straight shafts.  And once more, piercing him in his vitals with five keen arrows, Bhima, O sire, cut off with a broad-headed arrow the bow of the Suta’s son.  The cheerless Karna then, O Bharata, taking up another bow shrouded Bhimasena on all sides with his arrows.  Then Bhima, slaying Karna’s steeds and charioteer, laughed a laugh, having thus counteracted Karna’s feats.  Then that bull amongst men, viz., Bhima, cut off with his arrows the bow of Karna.  That bow, O king, of loud twang, and the back of whose staff was decked with gold, fell down (from his hand).  Then the mighty car-warrior Karna alighted from his car and taking up a mace in that battle wrathfully hurled it at Bhima.  Beholding that mace, O king, impetuously coursing towards him, Vrikodara resisted it with his arrows in the sight of all thy troops.  Then the son of Pandu, gifted with great prowess and exerting himself with great activity, shot a thousand arrows at the Suta’s son, desirous of taking the latter’s life.  Karna, however, in the dreadful battle, resisting all those shafts with his own, cut off Bhima’s armour also with his arrows.  And then he pierced Bhima with five and twenty small shafts in the sight of all the troops.  All this seemed exceedingly wonderful.  Then, O monarch, Bhima, excited with rage, sped nine straight shafts at the Suta’s son.  Those keen shafts, piercing through Karna’s coat of mail and right arm, entered the earth like snakes into an ant-hill.  Shrouded with showers of shafts shot from Bhimasena’s bow, Karna once more turned his back upon Bhimasena.  Beholding the Suta’s son turn back and flying away on foot, covered all over with the arrows of Kunti’s son, Duryodhana said, ‘Go ye quickly from all sides towards the car of Radha’s son.’  ’Then, O king, thy sons, hearing these words of their brother that were to them a surprise, rushed towards the son of Pandu for battle, shooting showers of shafts.  They were Chitra, and Upachitra, and Charuchitra, and Sarasan, and Chitrayudha, and Chitravarman.  All of them were well-versed in every mode of warfare.  The mighty car-warrior, Bhimasena, however, felled each of those sons of thine thus rushing against him, with a single arrow.  Deprived of life, they fell down on the earth like trees uprooted by a tempest.  Beholding those sons of thine, all mighty car-warriors,

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