The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Karna.  That dart also was cut off by Karna.  The son of Madri, then, quickly jumping down from his excellent car, and blazing with wrath upon beholding Karna stationed before him, took up a car-wheel and hurled it at the son of Adhiratha.  The Suta’s son, however, with many thousands of arrows, cut off that wheel coursing towards him like the uplifted wheel of Death.  When that wheel had been cut off, Sahadeva, O sire, aiming at Karna, hurled at him the shafts of his car, the traces of his steeds, the yokes of his cars, the limbs of elephants and steeds and dead human bodies.  Karna cut off all these with his shafts.  Seeing himself deprived of all weapons, Madri’s son, Sahadeva, struck by Karna with many shafts, left the battle.  Pursuing him for a while, the son of Radha, O bull of Bharata’s race, smilingly addressed Sahadeva and said these cruel words, ’Do not, O hero, fight in battle with those that are superior to thee.  Fight with thy equals, O son of Madri!  Do not mistrust my words.’  Then touching him with the horn of his bow, he once more said, ’Yonder, Arjuna is fighting resolutely with the Kurus in battle.  Go there, O son of Madri, or return home if thou likest.’  Having said those words, Karna, that foremost of car-warriors, smilingly proceeded on his car against the troops of the king of the Panchalas.  The slayer of foes, that mighty car-warrior, devoted to truth, slew not the son of Madri although he had got the opportunity, recollecting the words of Kunti.  Sahadeva, then, heartless and afflicted with arrows, and pierced with the wordy darts of Karna, no longer cherished any love for life.  That mighty car-warrior then quickly ascended the car of Janamejaya, the illustrious prince of the Panchalas.’”


“Sanjaya said, ’The ruler of the Madras shrouded on all sides, with clouds of shafts, Virata with his troops, who was proceeding quickly for getting at Drona.  The battle that took place between those two great bowmen resembled, O king, that between Vala and Vasava in days of yore.  The ruler of the Madras, O monarch, with great activity, struck Virata, that commander of a large division, with a hundred straight shafts.  King Virata, in return, pierced the ruler of the Madras with nine keen arrows, and once more with three and seventy, and once again with a hundred.  The ruler of the Madras, then, slaying the four steeds yoked unto Virata’s car, cut down with a couple of shafts, the latter’s umbrella and standard.  Quickly jumping down from that steedless car, the king stood, drawing his bow and shooting keen shafts.  Beholding his brother deprived of his steeds, Satanika quickly approached him on his car in the very sight of all the troops.  The ruler of the Madras, however, piercing the advancing Satanika with many shafts, despatched him to the abode of Yama.  Upon the fall of the heroic Satanika, Virata, that commander of a large division, ascended

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