The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Abandoning then that car of the foe (upon which he stood), Bhima proceeded to the car of Dhruva,[195] and crushed, by a blow of his fist, that prince who had been striking him incessantly.  Thus struck by the mighty son of Pandu.  Dhruva fell down.  Having slain him, O king, Bhimasena of great strength, proceeding to the car of Jayarata, began to roar repeatedly like a lion.  Dragging Jayarata then with his left arm, while, employed in roaring, he slew that warrior with a slap of his palm in the very sight of Karna.  Then Karna hurled at the son of Pandu, a dart decked with gold.  The Pandava, however, smiling the while, seized with his hand that dart.  And the invincible Vrikodara in that battle hurled that very dart back at Karna.  Then Sakuni, with a shaft that had drunk oil, cut off that dart as it coursed towards Karna.  Having achieved these mighty feats in battle, Bhima, of wonderful prowess, came back to his own car and rushed against thy troops.  And while Bhima was thus advancing, slaughtering (thy troops) like the Destroyer himself in rage, thy sons, O monarch, attempted to resist that mighty-armed hero.  Indeed, those mighty car-warriors covered him with a dense shower of arrows.  Then Bhima, smiling the while, despatched in that battle, with his shafts, the driver and the steeds of Durmada unto the abode of Yama.  Durmada, at this, quickly mounted upon the car of Dushkarna.  Then those scorchers of foes, viz., the two brothers, riding oh the same car, both rushed against Bhima in the front rank of battle, like the Regent of the waters and Surya rushing against Taraka, that foremost of Daityas.  Then thy sons, Durmada and Dushkarna, mounting on the same car, pierced Bhima with shafts.  Then in the very sight of Karna, of Aswatthaman, of Duryodhana, of Kripa, of Somadatta, and of Valhika, the son of Pandu, that chastiser of foes, by a stamp of his foot, caused that car of the heroic Durmada and Dushkarna to sink into the earth.  Filled with rage, Bhima struck with his fists those mighty and brave sons of thine, viz., Durmada and Dushkarna, and crushed them therewith and roared aloud.  Then cries of Oh and Alas arose among the troops.  And the kings, beholding Bhima said, ’That is Rudra who is fighting in Bhima’s form among the Dhartarashtras.’  Saying these words, O Bharata, all the kings fled away, deprived of their senses and urging the animals they rode to their greatest speed.  Indeed, no two of them could be seen running together.  Then, when on that night a great carnage had been caused among the (Kaurava) army, the mighty Vrikodara, with eyes beautiful as the full-blown lotus, highly applauded by many bulls among kings, repairing unto Yudhishthira, paid his regards unto him.  Then the twins (Nakula and Sahadeva), and Drupada and Virata, and the Kaikeyas, and Yudhishthira also, felt great joy.  And all of them paid their adorations unto Vrikodara even as the celestials did unto Mahadeva after Andhaka had been slain.  Then thy sons, all equal unto the sons of Varuna, filled with rage and accompanied by the illustrious Preceptor and a large number of cars, foot-soldiers, and elephants encompassed Vrikodara on all sides from desire of fight.  Then, O best of kings, on that terrible night, when everything was enveloped in darkness, as thick as a cloud, a dreadful battle took place between those illustrious warriors, delightful to wolves and crows and vultures.’”

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