The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Their bodies looking bright with the blazing arrows sticking to them, those two mighty car-warriors looked in that battle like two angry elephants decked with burning torches.  Then, O monarch, the mighty car-warrior, Somadatta, in that battle, cut off with a crescent-shaped arrow the large bow of Madhava.  With great speed also, at a time when speed was of the utmost consequence, the Kuru hero then pierced Satyaki with five and twenty shafts, and once again with ten.  Then Satyaki, taking up a tougher bow, quickly pierced Somadatta with five shafts.  With another broad-headed arrow, Satyaki also, O king, smiling the while, cut off the golden standard of Valhika’s son.  Somadatta, however, beholding his standard cut down, fearlessly pierced the grandson of Sini with five and twenty arrows.  Satwata also, excited with rage, cut off with a razor-faced arrow the bow of Somadatta, in that encounter.  And he also pierced Somadatta who then resembled a snake without fangs, with a hundred straight arrows, equipped with wings of gold.  The mighty car-warrior Somadatta, then, who was endued with great strength taking up another bow, began to cover Satyaki (with showers of shafts).  Satyaki too, inflamed with rage, pierced Somadatta with many shafts.  Somadatta, in return, afflicted Satyaki with his arrowy showers.  Then Bhima coming to the encounter, and fighting on behalf of Satyaki, struck Valhika’s son with ten shafts.  Somadatta, however, fearlessly struck Bhimasena with many whetted arrows.  Then Satyaki, inflamed with rage, aiming at Somadatta’s chest, shot a new and terrible Parigha equipped with a golden staff and hard as the thunder.  The Kuru warrior, however, smiling the while, cut off that terrible Parigha advancing with speed against him in two parts.  That formidable Parigha of iron, then, thus cut off into two fragments, fell down like so many crests of a mountain riven by thunder.  Then Satyaki, O king, with a broad-headed arrow, cut off in that encounter Somadatta’s bow, and then with five arrows, the leathern fence that cased his fingers.  Then, O Bharata, with four other shafts he speedily despatched the four excellent steeds of the Kuru warrior to Yama’s presence.  And then that tiger among car-warriors with another straight shaft, smiling the while, cut off from his trunk the head of Somadatta’s driver.  Then he sought at Somadatta himself a terrible shaft of fiery effulgence, whetted on stone, steeped in oil, and equipped with wings of gold.  That excellent and fierce shaft, shot by the mighty grandson of Sini, quickly fell like a hawk, O Lord, upon the chest of Somadatta.  Deeply pierced by the mighty Satwata, the great car-warrior Somadatta, O monarch, fell down (from his car) and expired.  Beholding the great car-warrior Somadatta slain there, thy warriors with a large throng of cars rushed against Yuyudhana.  Meanwhile, the Pandava also, O king, with all the Prabhadrakas and accompanied by a large force, rushed against Drona’s army.  Then Yudhishthira, excited with wrath,
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