The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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arrow, Karna’s charioteer from his niche in the car.  And he covered Karna himself with clouds of shafts in the very sight of thy son.  Thus shrouded with arrows the steedless and driverless Karna, stupefied by that arrowy shower, knew not what to do.  Beholding him made carless, Aswatthaman, O king, caused him to ride on his car, and continued to fight with Arjuna.  Then the ruler of the Madras pierced the son of Kunti with thirty arrows.  Saradwata’s son pierced Vasudeva with twenty arrows.  And he struck Dhananjaya also with a dozen shafts.  And the ruler of the Sindhus pierced each with four arrows, and Vrishasena also pierced each of them, O king, with seven arrows.  Kunti’s son, Dhananjaya, pierced all of them in return.  Indeed, piercing Drona’s son with four and sixty shafts, and the ruler of the Madras with a hundred, and the Sindhu king with ten broad-headed arrows, and Vrishasena with three arrows and Saradwata’s son with twenty, Partha uttered a loud shout.  Desirous of baffling the vow of Savyasachin, thy warriors, excited with wrath, quickly rushed at Dhananjaya from all sides.  Then Arjuna, frightening the Dhartarashtras, invoked into existence the Varuna weapon on all sides.  The Kauravas, however, on their costly cars, pouring showers of arrows, advanced against the son of Pandu.  But, O Bharata, in course of that stupefying and fierce engagement, fraught with the greatest confusion, that price, viz., Arjuna, decked with diadem and gold chain never lost his senses.  On the other hand, he continued to pour showers of arrows.  Desirous of recovering the kingdom and recollecting all the wrongs he had suffered for twelve years in consequence of the Kurus, the high-souled and immeasurable Arjuna darkened all the points of the compass with shafts from Gandiva.  The welkin seemed ablaze with meteors.  Innumerable crows, alighting from the sky, perched on the bodies (of dead combatants).  Meanwhile, Arjuna continued to slay the foe with his Gandiva, like Mahadeva slaying the Asuras with his Pinaka equipped with tawny string.[174] Then the illustrious Kiritin, that subjugator of (hostile) ranks, dispersing the shafts of the foe by means of his own formidable bow, slaughtered with his arrows many foremost ones among the Kurus, mounted on their foremost of steeds and elephants.  Then many kings, taking up heavy maces and clubs of iron and swords and darts and diverse other kinds of powerful weapons, assuming terrible forms, rushed suddenly against Partha in that battle.  Then Arjuna, bending with his arms his formidable bow Gandiva which resembled the bow of Indra himself and whose twang was as loud as the roar of the clouds congregating at the end of the Yuga, and laughing the while, went on consuming thy troops and increasing the population of Yama’s kingdom.  Indeed, that hero caused those enraged warriors with their cars and elephants and with the foot-soldiers and bowmen supporting them, to be deprived of their arms and lives and thus to swell the population of Yama’s domain.’”

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