The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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seas swelled in agitation.  The combatants of the Kurus and the Pandava armies, as also all other creatures, became inspired with fear, when that illustrious warrior uplifted that weapon.  The Partha, O monarch, fearlessly baffled that weapon by a Brahma weapon of his own, at which all that agitation in nature was speedily pacified.  At last, when none of them could vanquish his antagonist in combat, a general engagement took place between the hosts, causing a great confusion on the field.  During the progress of that dreadful battle between Drona and the son of Pandu (as also of that general engagement), once more, O king, nothing could be distinguished.  The welkin became covered with dense showers of shafts, as if with masses of clouds, and creatures ranging in the air could no longer find a passage through their element.”


“Sanjaya said, ’During that fearful carnage of men and steeds and elephants, Duhsasana, O king, encountered Dhrishtadyumna.  Mounted upon hi, golden car and exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Duhsasana, the Panchala prince wrathfully showered his shafts upon thy son’s steeds.  Covered with the shafts of Prishata’s son, O king, Duhsasana’s car, with standard and driver, soon became invisible.  Afflicted with those showers of arrows, Duhsasana, O monarch, became unable to stay before the illustrious prince of the Panchalas.  Forcing, by means of his shafts, Duhsasana to turn back Pritha’s son, scattering his arrows, proceeded against Drona in that battle.  At the time Hridika’s son, Kritavarman, with three of his uterine brothers, appeared on the scene and attempted to oppose Dhrishtadyumna.  Those bulls among men, however, viz., the twins, Nakula and Sahadeva following in the wake of Dhrishtadyumna who was thus proceeding like a blazing fire towards Drona, began to protect him.  Then, all those great car-warriors, endued with might and excited with rage, began to strike one another, making death their goal.  Of pure souls and pure conduct, O king, and keeping heaven in view, they fought according to righteous methods, desirous of vanquishing one another.  Of stainless lineage and stainless acts, and endued with great intelligence, those rulers of men, keeping heaven in view, fought fair battles with another.  There was nothing unfair in that fight and no weapon was used that was regarded as unfair.  No barbed arrows, nor those called nalikas, nor those that are poisoned, nor those with heads, made of horns, nor those equipped with many pointed heads, nor those made of the bones of bulls and elephants, nor those having two heads, nor those having rusty heads, nor those that are not straight going, were used by any of them.[251] All of them used simple and fair weapons and desired to win both fame and region of great blessedness by fighting fairly.  Between those four warriors of thy army and those three of the Pandava side, the battle that took place was exceedingly dreadful but

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