The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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worn out with exertion, laid -themselves down for sleep, O bull of Bharata’s race.  Then that army of thine, O Bharata, happy at the prospect of rest and sleep, sincerely blessed Arjuna saying, ’In thee are the Vedas as also all weapons!  In thee are intelligence and prowess!  In thee, O mighty armed one, are righteousness and compassion for all creatures, O sinless one!  And since we have been comforted by thee, we wish thy good, O Partha!  Let prosperity be to thee!  Soon do thou get, O hero, those objects that are dear to thy heart!’ Blessing him thus, O tiger among men, those great car-warriors, overcome with sleep, became silent, O monarch!  Some laid themselves down on horseback, some on the car-boxes, some on the necks of elephants, and some on the bare ground.  Many men, with their weapons and maces and swords and battle axes and lances and with their armours on, laid themselves down for sleep, apart from one another.  Elephants, heavy with sleep, made the earth cool with the breath of their nostrils, that passed through their snake-like trunks spotted with dust.  Indeed, the elephants, as they breathed on the ground, looked beautiful like hills scattered (on the field of battle) over whose breasts hissed gigantic snakes.  Steeds, in trappings of gold and with manes mingling with their yokes, stamping their hoofs made even grounds uneven.  Thus every one, O king, slept there with the animal he rode.  Thus steeds and elephants and warriors, O bull of Bharata’s race, very much worn out with exertion, slept, abstaining from battle.  That slumbering host, deprived of sense and sunk in sleep, then looked like a wonderful picture drawn on canvas by skilful artists.  Those Kshatriyas, decked in ear-rings and endued with youth, with limbs mangled by shafts, and immersed in sleep, having laid themselves down on the coronal globes of elephants, looked as if they were lying on the deep bosom of beautiful ladies.  Then the moon, that delighter of eye and lord of lilies, of hue white as the checks of a. beautiful lady, rose, adorning the direction presided over by Indra.[244] Indeed, like a lion of the Udaya hills, with rays constituting his manes of brilliant yellow, he issued out of his cave in the east, tearing to pieces the thick gloom of night resembling an extensive herd of elephants.[245] That lover of all assemblage of lilies (in the world), bright as the body of Mahadeva’s excellent bull, full-arched and radiant as Karna’s bow, and delightful and charming as the smile on the lips of a bashful bride, bloomed in the firmament.[246] Soon, however, that divine lord having the hare for his mark showed himself shedding brighter rays around.  Indeed, the moon, after this seemed to gradually emit a bright halo of far-reaching light that resembled the splendour of gold.  Then the rays of that luminary, dispelling the darkness by their splendour, slowly spread themselves over all the quarters, the welkin, and the earth.  Soon, therefore, the world became illuminated. 
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