The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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fallen into great distress, grasped a mace.  Filled with rage, the mighty car-warrior, Drona, of unbaffled prowess, by means of a number of keen shafts, cut off that mace, while it was on the point of being hurled at him.  Beholding his mace cut off by Drona with arrows, that tiger among men, (viz., the Panchala prince), took up a spotless sword and a bright shield decked with a hundred moons.  Without doubt, under those circumstances, the Panchala prince determined to make an end of that foremost of preceptors, that high-souled warrior.  Sometimes, sheltering himself in his car-box and sometimes riding on his car-shafts, the prince moved about, uplifting his swords and whirling his bright shield.  The mighty car-warrior Dhrishtadyumna, desirous of achieving, from folly, a difficult feat, hoped to pierce the chest of Bharadwaja’s son in that battle.  Sometimes, he stayed upon the yoke, and sometimes under the haunches of Drona’s red steeds.  These movements of his were highly applauded by all the troops.  Indeed, while he stayed amid the trappings of the yoke or behind those red steeds, Drona found no opportunity to strike him.  All this seemed exceedingly wonderful.  The movements of both Drona and Prishata’s son in that battle resembled the fight of hawk careering through the welkin for a piece of meat.  Then Drona, by means of a dart pierced the white steeds of his antagonist, one after another, not striking, however, the red ones amongst them (that belonged to himself)[254].  Deprived of life, those steeds of Dhrishtadyumna fell down upon the earth.  Thereupon, the red steeds of Drona himself, O king, where freed from the entanglements of Dhrishtadyumna’s car.  Beholding his steeds slain by that foremost of Brahmanas, Prishata’s sons, that mighty car-warrior, that foremost of fighters, could not brook it.  Though deprived of his car, still that foremost of all swordsmen, armed with his sword, sprang towards Drona, O monarch, like Vinata’s son (Garuda) making a swoop at a snake.  The form, O king, of Dhrishtadyumna at that time, when he sought to slay the son of Bharadwaja, resembled the form of Vishnu himself in days of yore when at the point of slaying Hiranyakasipu.  He performed diverse evolutions, in fact.  O Kauravya, the son of Prishata, careering in that battle, exhibited the well-known one and twenty different kinds of motion.  Armed with the sword, and shield in hand, Prishata’s son wheeled about and whirled his sword on high, and made side thrusts, and rushed forward, and ran sideways, and leapt high, and assailed the flanks of his antagonists and receded backwards, and closed with his foes, and pressed them hard.  Having practised them well, he also showed the evolutions called Bharata, Kausika Satwata, as he careened in that battle for compassing the destruction of Drona, Beholding those beautiful evolutions of Dhrishtadyumna, as he careered on the field, sword and shield in hand, all the warriors, as also the celestials assembled there, were filled
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