bow as soon as the latter took up one. Seeing
his bows repeatedly cut off, Bhima then hurled, in
that battle, a dart made wholly of iron and hard as
the thunder. That dart blazing as a flame of
fire, resembled the sister of Death. The Kuru
king, however, in the very sight of all the warriors
and before the eyes of Bhima himself, cut in three
fragments that dart, which coursed towards him through
the welkin with the splendour of fire and dividing
it, as it were by a straight line such as is visible
on the head of a woman parting her tresses. Then
Bhima, O king, whirling his heavy and blazing mace,
hurled it with great force at the car of Duryodhana.
That heavy mace speedily crushed the steeds, the driver,
and the car also, of thy son in that encounter.
Thy son, then, O monarch, afraid of Bhima and shrinking
within the narrowest compass, ascended another car,
., that of the illustrious Nandaka. Then
Bhima, regarding Suyodhana to have been slain amid
the darkness of that night, uttered a loud leonine
roar challenging the Kauravas. Thy warriors regarded
the king to be slain. All of them uttered loud
cries of Oh and Alas. Hearing the wails of the
affrighted warriors and the roars of the high souled
Bhima, O king, king Yudhishthira also regarded Suyodhana
to have been slain. And the eldest son of Pandu,
thereupon, rushed quickly to the spot where Vrikodara,
the son of Pritha, was. And the Panchalas, the
Srinjayas, the Matsyas, the Kaikeyas, and the Chedis,
speedily advanced, with all their might against Drona
from desire of slaying him. There also occurred
a dreadful battle between Drona and the enemy.
And the combatants of both sides were enveloped in
thick gloom and struck and slew one another’.”
’Sanjaya said, ’Karna, the son of Vikartana,
O king, resisted the mighty car-warrior Sahadeva in
that battle, who advanced from desire of getting at
Drona. Piercing the son of Radha with nine shafts,
Sahadeva once more pierced that warrior with nine
straight arrows. Karna then pierced Sahadeva
in return with a hundred straight shafts, and displaying
great lightness in hand, cut off the latter’s
stringed bow. Then the valiant son of Madri,
taking up another bow, pierced Karna with twenty arrows.
This feat of his seemed exceedingly wonderful.
Then Karna, slaying Sahadeva’s steeds with many
straight shafts, speedily despatched the latter’s
driver with a broad-headed shaft, to Yama’s abode.
This carless Sahadeva then took up a sword and a shield.
Even those weapons were cut off by Karna smiling the
while. Then the mighty Sahadeva, in that encounter,
sped towards the car of Vikartana’s son, a heavy
and terrible mace decked with gold. Karna, then
with his shafts, quickly cut off that mace which hurled
by Sahadeva, coursed towards him impetuously, and
caused it to fall down on the earth. Beholding
his mace cut off, Sahadeva quickly hurled a dart at