The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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not even gaze at Dhananjaya, that foremost of all bearers of arms, that hero equal to the chief of the gods himself, that bull among men, seen at the same time in all directions on his car, scattering his mighty weapons, dancing in the tract of his car, and producing deafening sounds with his bowstring and palms, and resembling the midday sun of scorching rays in the firmament.  Bearing his shafts of blazing points, the diadem-decked Arjuna looked beautiful like a mighty mass of rain-charged clouds in the season of rains decked with a rainbow.  When that perfect flood of mighty weapons was set in motion by Jishnu, many bulls among warriors sank in that frightful and unfordable flood.  Strewn with infuriated elephants whose trunks or tusks had been cut off, with steeds deprived of hoofs or necks, with cars reduced to pieces, with warriors having their entrails drawn out and others with legs or other limbs cut off, with bodies lying in hundreds and thousands that were either perfectly still or moving unconsciously, we beheld the vast field, on which Partha battled, resembled the coveted arena of Death, O king, enhancing the terrors of the timid, or like the sporting ground of Rudra when he destroyed creatures in days of old.  Portions of the field, strewn with the trunks of elephants cut off with razor-headed arrows, looked as if strewn with snakes.  Portions, again, covered with the cut-off heads of warriors, looked as if strewn with garlands of lotuses.  Variegated with beautiful head-gear and crowns, Keyuras and Angadas and car-rings with coats of mail decked with gold, and with the trappings and other ornaments of elephants and steeds, and scattered over with hundreds of diadems, lying here and there, and the earth looked exceedingly beautiful like a new bride.  Dhananjaya then caused a fierce and terrible river full of fearful objects and enhancing the fear of the timid, to flow resembling the Vaitarani itself.  The marrow and fat (of men and animals) formed its mire.  Blood formed its current.  Full of limbs and bones, it was fathomless in depth.  The hairs of creatures formed its moss and weeds.  Heads and arms formed the stones on its shores.  It was decked with standards and banners that variegated its aspect.  Umbrellas and bows formed the waves.  And it abounded with bodies of huge elephants deprived of life, and it teemed with cars that formed hundreds of rafts floating on its surface.  And the carcases of countless steeds formed its banks.  And it was difficult to cross in consequence of wheels and yokes and shafts and Akshas and Kuveras of cars, and spears and swords and darts and battle-axes and shafts looking like snakes.  And ravens and kankas formed its alligators.  And jackals, forming its Makaras, made in terrible.  And fierce vultures formed its sharks.  And it became frightful in consequence of the howls of jackals.  And it abounded with capering ghosts and Pisachas and thousands of other kinds of spirits.  And on it floated countless
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