The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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warriors did not simultaneously perish in that battle.  Strewn with lopped off arms and legs, and heads decked with beautiful ear-rings, and bows and arrows and lances and scimitars and battle-axes and (other kinds of) axes, and Nalihas and razor-headed arrows and cloth-yard shafts and darts and diverse kinds of beautiful armour, and beautiful cars broken into pieces, and slain elephants and standardless cars broken like cities, and vehicles dragged hither and thither with the speed of the wind by driverless steeds in great fright, and a large number of well-decked warriors of great courage, and fallen fans and coats of mail and standards, and ornaments and robes and fragrant garlands, and chains of gold and diadems and crowns and head-gears and rows of bells, and jewels worn on breasts, and cuirasses and collars and gems that adorn head-gears, the field of battle looked beautiful like the firmament bespangled with stars.’

’Then there occured an encounter between Duryodhana, filled with wrath and desire of revenge, and Nakula filled with the same feelings.  Madri’s son cheerfully shooting hundreds of shafts, placed thy son on his right.  At this loud cheers were bestowed upon him.  Placed on the right by his cousin-brother in wrath, thy son king Duryodhana, filled with rage, began, in battle, to wonderfully counteract Nakula from that very side.  Thereupon, Nakula, endued with great energy and acquainted with the diverse course (in which a car may be conducted), began to resist thy son who was engaged in counteracting him from his right.  Duryodhana, however, afflicting Nakula with showers of shafts and resisting him on every side, caused him to turn back.  All the troops applauded that feat (of thy son).  Then Nakula, addressing thy son, said, ’Wait, Wait, recollecting all his woes caused by thy evil counsels.’”


“Sanjaya said, ’Then Duhsasana, filled with wrath, rushed against Sahadeva, causing the earth to tremble with the fierce speed of his car, O Madri’s son, however, that crusher of foes, with a broad-headed arrow, quickly cut of the head, decked with the head-gear of his rushing antagonist’s driver.  From the celerity with which that act was accomplished by Sahadeva, neither Duhsasana nor any of the troops knew that the driver’s head had been cut off.  The reins being no longer held by anybody, the steeds ran at their will.  It was then that Duhsasana knew that his driver had been slain.  Conversant with the management of steeds, that foremost of car-warriors, himself restraining his steeds in that battle fought beautifully and with great activity and skill.  That feat of his was applauded by friends and foes, since riding on that driverless car, he careered fearlessly in that battle.  Then Sahadeva pierced those steeds with keen shafts.  Afflicted with those shafts, they quickly ran away, careering hither and thither.  For catching hold of the reins, he once laid aside

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