The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Then commenced a terrible battle between those lions of Kuru’s and Madhu’s races, resembling an encounter between an elephant and a lion.  Then Duryodhana, filled with wrath, pierced the invincible Satyaki with many keen arrows, shot from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch.  Satyaki quickly pierced the Kuru prince in return with fifty keen shafts in that battle and once more with twenty, and again with ten shafts.  Then, in that encounter, O king, thy son, smiling the while, pierced Satyaki in return with thirty arrows shot from his bowstring drawn to his ear.  Shooting then a razor-headed arrow, he cut off in twain the bow, with arrow fixed thereon, of Satyaki.  Endued with great lightness of hand, the latter then, taking up a tougher bow, shot showers of shafts at thy son.  As those lines of arrows advanced for compassing the death of Duryodhana, the latter, O king, cut them in pieces, at which the troops shouted loudly.  With great swiftness, the Kuru king afflicted Satyaki with three and seventy shafts, equipped with wings of gold and steeped in oil and shot from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch.  All those arrows of Duryodhana, as also his bow, with arrow fixed thereon, Satyaki quickly cut off.  The Satwata hero then poured showers of shafts on his antagonist.  Deeply pierced by Satyaki and feeling great pain, Duryodhana, O king, in great distress, sought shelter in another car.  Having rested awhile and refreshed himself, thy son once more advanced against Satyaki, shooting showers of shafts at the latter’s car.  Smilingly, O king, Satyaki ceaselessly shot multitudes of shafts at Duryodhana’s car.  The shafts of both mingled with one another in the welkin.  In consequence of those arrows thus shot by both, falling fast on every side, loud sounds, like those of a raging fire consuming a mighty forest, arose there.  With thousands of arrows shot by both, the earth was densely covered.  The welkin also became filled therewith.  Beholding then that foremost of car-warriors, viz., that hero of Madhu’s race, to be mightier than Duryodhana, Karna rushed to that spot, desirous of rescuing thy son.  Mighty Bhimasena, however, could not brook that attempt of Karna.  He, therefore, quickly proceeded against Karna, shooting innumerable shafts.  Cutting off all those shafts of Bhima with the greatest ease, Karna cut off Bhima’s bow, arrows and driver also, with his own shafts.  Then, Pandu’s son, Bhima, filled with rage, took up a mace and crushed the bow, standard, and driver of his antagonist in that encounter.  The mighty Bhima also broke one of the wheels of Karna’s car.  Karna, however, stood on that car of his, which had one of his wheels broken, immovable as (Meru), the king of mountains.  That beautiful car of his which had now only one wheel, was borne by his steeds, like the single wheeled car of Surya, drawn by the seven celestial steeds.  Incapable of brooking the feats of Bhimasena, Karna continued to fight with the latter, using diverse
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