The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Many royal warriors endued with great prowess, equal to thee or superior have been united together at Duryodhana’s command.  Clad in mail, they could not approach thee, encountering thy angry self in battle.  Thy energy and might are equal to that of Rudra or the Destroyer himself.  None else is capable of putting forth such prowess in battle as thou, O scorcher of foes, alone and unsupported, didst today put forth.  Thus shall I applaud thee again after Karna of wicked soul has been slain along with his followers.  Thus shall I glorify thee when that foe of thine shall have been vanquished and slain.’  Unto him Arjuna replied, ’Through thy grace, O Madhava, this vow that even the gods could with difficulty accomplish, hath been accomplished by me.  Their victory is not at all a matter of wonder that have thee, O Kesava, for their lord.  Through thy grace, Yudhishthira will obtain the whole earth.  All this is due to thy power, O thou of Vrishni’s race!  This is thy victory, O lord!  Our prosperity is thy victory, O lord!  Our prosperity is thy care and we are thy servants, O slayer of Madhu!’ Thus addressed, Krishna smiled softly, and slowly urged the steeds.  And he showed unto Partha, as they came, the field of battle abounding with cruel sights.

“Then Krishna said, ’Desirous of victory in battle or world-wide fame many heroic kings are lying on the earth, struck with thy shafts.  Their weapons and ornaments lay scattered, and their steeds, cars, and elephants are mangled and broken.  With their coats of mail pierced or cut open, they have come to the greatest grief.  Some of them are yet alive, and some of them are dead.  Those, however, that are dead, still seem to be alive in consequence of the splendour with which they are endued.  Behold the earth covered with their shafts equipped with golden wings, with their numerous other weapons of attack and defence, and with their animals (deprived of life).  Indeed, the earth looks resplendent with coats of mail and necklaces of gems, with their heads decked with earrings, and headgears and diadems, and floral wreaths and jewels worn on crowns, and Kanthasutras and Angadas, and collars of gold, and with diverse other beautiful ornaments.  Strewn with Anuskaras and quivers, with standards and banners, with Upaskaras and Adhishthanas, with shafts and crests of cars, with broken wheels and beautiful Akshas in profusion, with yokes and trappings of steeds, with belts and bows and arrows, with elephants, housings, with spiked maces and hooks of iron, with darts and short arrows, with spears and pikes, with Kundas and clubs, with Sataghnis and Bhushandis, with scimitars and axes, with short and heavy clubs and mallets, with maces and Kunapas, with whips decked with gold, O bull of Bharata’s race, with the bells and diverse other ornaments of mighty elephants, with floral garlands and various kinds of decorations, and with costly robes all loosened from the bodies of men and animals, the earth shines brilliantly,

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