Seeing his weapons destroyed by the Rakshasa, aided
by his powers of illusion, Karna, without being inspired
with fear, continued to fight with the cannibal.
Then, O monarch, the mighty son of Bhimasena excited
with wrath, divided his own self into many parts, frightening
all the mighty car-warriors (of the Kuru army).
Then there came on the field of battle lions, and
tigers, and hyenas, and snakes with fiery tongues,
and birds with iron beaks. As regards Ghatotkacha.
himself, struck with the keen arrows that were sped
from Karna’s bow, that huge Rakshasa, looking
like (Himavat) the prince of mountains, disappeared
then and there. Then many Rakshasas and Pisachas
and Yatudhanas, and large numbers of wolves and leopards,
of frightful faces rushed towards Karna for devouring
him. These approached the Suta’s son, uttering
fierce howls for frightening him. Karna pierced
every one of those monsters with many swift-winged
and terrible shafts that drank their blood. At
last, using a celestial weapon, he destroyed that
illusion of the Rakshasa. He then, with some
straight and fierce shafts, struck the steeds of Ghatotkacha.
These, with broken and maimed limbs, and their backs
cut by those shafts, fell down on the earth, in the
very sight of Ghatotkacha. The son of Hidimva,
seeing his illusion dispelled, once more made himself
invisible, saying unto Karna, the son of Vikartana,
’I will presently compass thy destruction.’”
“Sanjaya said, ’During the progress of
that battle between Karna and the Rakshasa, the valiant
Alayudha, that prince of Rakshasa, appeared (on the
field). Accompanied by a large force, he approached
Duryodhana. Indeed, surrounded by many thousands
of frightful Rakshasas of diverse forms and endued
with great heroism, he appeared (on the field) recollecting
his old quarrel (with the Pandavas). His kinsmen,
that valiant Vaka, who ate Brahmanas, as also Kirmira
of great energy, and his friend Hidimva, had been
slain (by Bhima). He had waited for a long time,
brooding over his old quarrel. Learning now that
a nocturnal battle was raging, he came, impelled by
the desire of slaying Bhima in fight, like an infuriated
elephant or an angry snake. Desirous of battle,
he addressed Duryodhana and said, ’It is known
to thee, how my kinsmen, the Rakshasa Vaka and Kirmira
and Hidimva have been slain by Bhima. What shall
I say more, the virgin Hidimva was formerly deflowered
by him, disregarding us and the other Rakshasas.
I am here, O king, to slay that Bhima with all his
followers, steeds, cars, and elephants, as also that
son of Hidimva with friends. Slaying today all
the sons of Kunti, Vasudeva and others that walk before
them, I will devour them with all their followers.
Command all thy troops to desist from battle.
We will fight with the Pandavas.’