The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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cut off the bow of Karna’s hand along with the arrowy shower the latter had shot.  Karna then taking out another bow that was strong and capable of bearing a great strain and that was as large as Indra’s bow, drew it with great force.  Then Karna shot some foe-slaying shafts of golden wings at those sky-ranging Rakshasas.  Afflicted with those shafts, the large foes of broad chested Rakshasas looked agitated like a herd of wild elephants afflicted by a lion.  Destroying with his shafts those Rakshasas along with their steeds and diverse elephants, the puissant Karna looked like the divine Agni consuming all creatures at the time of the universal dissolution.  Having destroyed that Rakshasa host, the Suta’s son looked resplendent like the god Maheswara in heaven after having consumed the triple city (of the Asuras).  Among those thousands of kings on the Pandava side, O sire, there was not a single one, O monarch, that could even look at Karna then, save the mighty Ghatotkacha, that prince of Rakshasas, who was endued with terrible energy and strength, and who, inflamed with rage, then looked like Yama himself.  From his eyes, as he was excited with wrath, flames of fire seemed to emit, like blazing drops of oil from a couple of burning brands.  Striking his palm against palm and biting his nether lip, the Rakshasa was once more seen on a car that had been created by his illusion, and unto which were yoked a number of asses, looking like elephants and having the faces of Pisachas.  Excited with wrath, he addressed his driver, saying, ‘Bear me towards the Suta’s son.’  Then that foremost of car-warriors proceeded on that terrible-looking car of his, for once more fighting a single combat with the Suta’s son, O king!  The Rakshasa, excited with rage, hurled at the Suta’s son an Asani of Rudra’s workmanship, terrible and furnished with eight wheels.  Karna, placing his bow on his car, jumped down on the earth and seizing that Asani hurled it back at Ghatotkacha.  The latter, however, had quickly descended from his car (before the weapon could reach it).  The Asani, meanwhile, of great effulgence, having reduced the Raksha’s car to ashes, with it steeds, driver, and standard, piercing through the earth, disappeared within its bowels, at which the gods were filled with wonder.  Then all creatures applauded Karna, who, having jumped down from his car, had seized that Asani.  Having achieved that feat, Karna once more ascended his car.  The Suta’s sort, that scorcher of foes, then began to shoot his shafts.  Indeed, O giver of honours, there is none else amongst all living creatures who can accomplish what Karna accomplished in that frightful battle.  Struck by Karna with shafts like a mountain with torrents of rain, Ghatotkacha once more disappeared from the field of battle like the melting forms of vapour in the sky.  Contending in this way, the gigantic Rakshasa, that slayer of foes, destroyed the celestial weapons of Karna by means of his activity as also his power of illusion. 
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