The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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His brows were long-extending.  His nose was thick.  His body was blue, and neck red.  Tall as a hill, he was terrible to behold.  Of gigantic frame, gigantic arms, and gigantic head, he was endued with great might.  Ugly and of hard limbs, the hair on his head was tied upwards in a frightful shape.  His hips were large and his navel was deep.  Of gigantic frame, the circumference of his body, however, was not great.  The ornaments on his arms were proportionate.  Possessed of great powers of illusion, he was decked also in Angadas.  He wore a cuirass on his breast like a circle of fire on the breast of a mountain.  On his head was a bright and beautiful diadem made of gold, with every part proportionate and beautiful, and looking like an arch.  His ear-rings were bright as the morning sun, and his garlands were made of gold and exceedingly bright.  He had on his body a gigantic armour of brass of great effulgence.  His car was decked with a hundred tinkling bells, and on his standard waved numerous blood-red banners.  Of prodigious proportions, and of the measure of a nalwa, that car was covered with bear-skins.  Equipped with all kinds of mighty weapons, it possessed a tall standard and was adorned with garlands, having eight wheels, and its clatter resembled the roar of the clouds.  His steeds were like infuriated elephants, and possessed of red eyes; of terrible aspect, they were variegated in hue, and endued with great speed and might.  Above all fatigue, and adorned with long manes and neighing repeatedly, they bore that hero to battle.  A Rakshasa of terrible eyes, fiery mouth, and blazing ear-rings, acted as his driver, holding the reins, bright as the rays of the sun, of his steeds in battle.  With that driver he came to battle like Surya with his driver Aruna.  Looking like a high mountain encircled with a mighty cloud, a very tall standard, that touched the heavens, was set up on his car.  A carnivorous and awful vulture of blood-red body perched on it.  He came, forcibly drawing his bow whose twang resembled the thunder of Indra, and whose string was very hard, and which measured a dozen cubits in length and one cubit in breadth.[231] Filling all the points of the compass with shafts of the measure of the Aksha of a car, the Rakshasa rushed against Karna on that night that was so destructive of heroes.  Staying proudly on his car, as he stretched his bow, the twang that was heard resembled that sound of the roaring thunder.  Frightened by him, O Bharata, all thy troops trembled like the surging waves of the ocean.  Beholding that frightful Rakshasa of horrible eyes advancing against him, Radha’s son, as if smiling, withstood him speedily.  And Karna proceeded against the smiling Rakshasa, smiting him in return from a near point, like an elephant against an elephant or the leader of a bovine herd against the leader of another herd.  The collision that took place between them, i.e., Karna and the Rakshasa, O king, became terrible and resembled
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