the timid with cheerlessness and fear. And bloody
waves were seen on its surface. Rendered frightful
by means of the foot-soldiers with which it teemed,
Yama’s abode, was the ocean towards which it
flowed. Having slain the Rakshasas, Drona’s
son then began to afflict the son of Hidimva with
arrows. Filled once more with rage, the puissant
son of Drona having pierced those mighty car-warriors,
., the Parthas including Vrikodara and the
sons of Prishata, slew Suratha, one of the sons of
Drupada. Then he slew in that battle Suratha’s
younger brother named Satrunjaya. And then he
slew Valanika and Jayanika, and Jaya. And once
more, with a keen shaft, Drona’s son’ uttering
a leonine roar, slew Prishdhra, and then proud Chandrasena.
And then he slew with ten arrows the ten sons of Kuntibhoja.
Then, O king, Drona’s son despatched Srutayus
to the abode of Yama. With three other keen shafts,
equipped with beautiful wings and red eyes, he despatched
the mighty Satrunjaya to the region of Sakra.
Then Aswatthaman, filled with rage, fixed on his bowstring
a fierce and straight arrow. Drawing the string
to his ear, he quickly shot that fierce and excellent
arrow resembling the rod of Death himself, aiming
at Ghatotkacha. That mighty shaft, equipped with
beautiful wings, passing through the chest of that
Rakshasa, O lord of the earth, entered the earth, piercing
through it, Ghatotkacha thereupon fell down on the
car. Beholding him fallen down and believing
him to be dead, the mighty car-warrior Dhrishtadyumna
took him away from the presence of Drona’s son
and caused him to be placed upon another car.
Thus, O king, that car-force of Yudhishthira turned
away from the fight. The heroic son of Drona
having vanquished his foes, uttered a loud roar.
And he was worshipped by all men and all thy sons,
O sire.’ The earth, strewn all around with
the fallen bodies of dead Rakshasas, pierced and mangled
with hundreds of arrows, became fierce looking and
impassable, as if strewn with mountain summits.
The Siddhas and Gandharvas and Pisachas, and Nagas,
and birds, and Pitris and ravens and large numbers
of cannibals and ghosts, and Apsaras and celestials,
all combined in highly applauding the son of Drona.’”
“Sanjaya said, ’Beholding the sons of
Drupada, as also those of Kuntibhoja, and Rakshasas
too in thousands, slain by the son of Drona, Yudhishthira
and Bhimasena, and Dhrishtadyumna, the son of Prishata,
and Yuyudhana, uniting together, set their hearts
firmly on battle. Then Somadatta, once more filled
with rage upon beholding Satyaki in that battle, covered
the latter, O Bharata, with a dense shower of arrows.
Then took place a battle, fierce and exceedingly wonderful
to behold, between thy warriors and those of the foe,
both parties being solicitous of victory. Fighting
on behalf of Satyaki, Bhima pierced the Katirava.
hero with ten shafts. Somadatta, however, in return,