The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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him.  Seeing the latter in front of those six foremost warriors of thy side, all thy troops, O lord, regarded him to be already within the jaws of the Destroyer.  Meanwhile, Satyaki, of the Dasarha race, scattering his shafts as he proceeded, reached the spot where, the valiant Dhrishtadyumna was battling.  Beholding that invincible warrior of the Satwata race advancing, Radha’s son pierced him in that battle with ten arrows.  Satyaki, then, O king, pierced Karna with ten shafts in the very sight of all those heroes, and addressing him, said, ‘Do not fly away but stay before me.’  The encounter then, that took place between mighty Satyaki and the industrious Karna, resembled, O king, that between Vali and Vasava (in the days of yore).  That bull among Kshatriyas, viz., Satyaki, terrifying all the Kshatriyas with the rattle of his car, pierced the lotus-eyed Karna in return (with many arrows).  Making the earth tremble with the twang of his bow, the mighty son of the Suta, O monarch, contended with Satyaki.  Indeed, Karna pierced the grandson of Sini in return with hundreds of long, and barbed, and pointed, and tall-toothed, and razor-headed arrows and diverse other shafts.  Similarly, that foremost one of Vrishni’s race, Yuyudhana, in that battle, shrouded Karna with his arrows.  For a time that battle proceeded equally.  Then thy son, O monarch, placing Karna at their head, all pierced Satyaki from every side with keen arrows.  Resisting with his own weapons those of them all and of Karna also, O lord, Satyaki quickly pierced Vrishasena in the centre of the chest.  Pierced with that arrow, the valiant Vrishasena, of great splendour, quickly fell down on his car, casting aside his bow.  Then Karna, believing that mighty car-warrior, viz., Vrishasena, slain, became scorched with grief on account of the death of his son and began to afflict Satyaki with great force.  Thus afflicted by Karna, the mighty car-warrior Yuyudhana, with great speed, repeatedly pierced Karna with many shafts.  Once more piercing Karna with ten arrows, and Vrishasena with five, the Satwata hero cut off the leathern fences and the bows of both sire and son.  Then those two warriors, stringing two other bows, capable of inspiring enemies with terror, began to pierce Yuyudhana from every side with keen shafts.  During the progress of that fierce conflict that was so destructive of heroes the loud twang of Gandiva, O king, was heard over every other sound.  Hearing then the rattle of Arjuna’s car as also that twang of Gandiva, the Suta’s son, O king, said these words unto Duryodhana, ’Slaughtering our entire army and the foremost of heroic warriors and many mighty bowmen among the Kauravas, Arjuna is loudly twanging his bow.  The rattle also of his car is heard, resembling the roar of the thunder.  It’s evident, the son of Pandu is achieving feats worthy of his own self This son of Pritha, O monarch, will grind our large host.  Many of our troops are already breaking.  No one stays in battle. 
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