The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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pierced that hero with a hundred arrows.  Then Satwata, filled with rage, pierced with ten keen shafts, endued with the force of the thunder, that old warrior afflicted with grief on account of the death of his son, and who was, besides, endued with every estimable virtue like Yayati, the son of Nahusha.  Having pierced him with great force, he struck him once more with seven arrows.  Then, fighting for the sake of Satyaki, Bhimasena hurled at the head of Somadatta a new, hard and terrible Parigha.  Satyaki also filled with rage, shot at Somadatta’s chest, in that battle, an excellent shaft, keen and equipped with goodly wings and resembling fire itself in splendour.  The Parigha and the shaft, both terrible, fell simultaneously upon the body of the heroic Somadatta.  That mighty car-warrior, thereupon, fell down.  Beholding his son (Somadatta) thus fallen into a swoon, Valhika rushed at Satyaki scattering showers of arrows like a cloud in season.  Then Bhima, for Satyaki’s sake, afflicted the illustrious Valhika with nine shafts and pierced him therewith at the van of battle.  Then the mighty-armed son of Pratipa, Valhika, filled with great fury, hurled a dart at the chest of Bhima, like Purandara himself hurling the thunder.  Struck therewith, Bhima trembled (on his car) and swooned away.  The mighty warrior then, recovering his senses, hurled a mace at his opponent.  Hurled by the son of Pandu, that mace snatched away the head of Valhika, who, thereupon, fell down lifeless on the earth, like a tree struck down by lightning.  Upon the slaughter of that bull among men, viz., the heroic Valhika, ten of thy sons, each of whom was equal unto Rama, the son of Dasaratha, in prowess, began to afflict Bhima.  They were Nagadatta, and Dridharatha, and Viravahu, and Ayobhuja, and Dridha, and Suhasta, and Viragas and Pramatha, and Ugrayayin.  Beholding them Bhimasena became filled with rage.  He then took up a number of arrows, each capable of bearing a great strain.  Aiming at each of them one after another, he sped those arrows at them, striking each in his vital part.  Pierced therewith, they fell down from their cars, deprived of energy and life, like tall trees from mountain cliffs broken by a tempest.  Having with those ten shafts slain those ten sons of thine, Bhima shrouded the favourite son of Karna with showers of arrows.  Then the celebrated Vrikaratha, brother of Karna, pierced Bhima with many arrows.  The mighty Pandava, however, soon disposed of him effectually.  Slaying next, O Bharata, seven car-warriors among thy brother-in-law, with his shafts, the heroic Bhima pressed Satachandra down into the earth.  Unable to bear the slaughter of the mighty car-warrior Satachandra, Sakuni’s brothers, viz., the heroic Gavaksha and Sarabha and Bibhu, and Subhaga, and Bhanudatta, those five mighty car-warriors, rushing towards Bhimasena, attacked him with their keen shafts.  Thus attacked with those shafts, like a mountain with torrents of rain.’[208] Bhima slew those five mighty kings with five shafts of his.  Beholding those heroes slain many great kings began to waver.

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