The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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army, so full, to tell thee the truth, will be nowhere when it will encounter them.  In their side will be Dhrishtadyumna, endued with great activity,—­one who is regarded as one of the Pandavas themselves.  The chief of the Somaka tribe, with his followers, is, I have heard, so devoted to the cause of the Pandavas that he is ready to lay down his very life for them.  Who would be able to withstand Yudhishthira who hath the best of the Vrishni tribe (Krishna) for his leader?  I have heard that Virata, the chief of the Matsyas, with whom the Pandavas had lived for some time and whose wishes were fulfilled by them, old in years, is devoted, along with his sons to the Pandava cause, and hath become an adherent of Yudhishthira.  Deposed from the throne of the Kekaya land, and desirous of being reinstated thereon, the five mighty brothers from that land, wielding mighty bows, are now following the sons of Pritha ready to fight.  All who are valiant among the lords of the earth have been brought together and are devoted to the Pandava cause.  I hear that they are bold, worthy, and respectful,—­they who have allied themselves to the virtuous king Yudhishthira from feelings of attachment to him.  And many warriors dwelling on the hills and inaccessible fastnesses, and many that are high in lineage and old in years, and many Mlechcha tribes also wielding weapons of various kinds, have been assembled together and are devoted to the cause of the Pandavas.  And there hath come Pandya also, who, hardly inferior to Indra on the field of battle, is followed when he fights by numberless warriors of great courage.  Remarkably heroic and endued with prowess and energy that have no parallel, he is devoted to the Pandava cause.  That same Satyaki who, I have heard, obtained weapons from Drona and Arjuna and Krishna and Kripa and Bhishma, and who is said to be equal to the son of Krishna, is devotedly attached to the Pandava cause.  And the assembled kings of the Chedi and the Karusha tribes have all taken the part of the Pandavas with all their resources.  That one in their midst, who, having been endued with blazing beauty, shone like the sun, whom all persons deemed unassailable in battle and the very best of all drawers of the bow on earth, was slain by Krishna in a trice, by help of his own great might, and counting for naught the bold spirit of all the Kshatriya kings.  Kesava cast his eyes on that Sishupala and smote him, enhancing the fame and honour of the sons of Pandu.  It was the same Sishupala who was highly honoured by those kings at whose head stood the king of the Karusha tribe.  Then the other kings, deeming Krishna unassailable when seated on his car drawn by Sugriva and other steeds, left the chief of the Chedis and ran away like small animals at the sight of a lion.  And it was thus that he, who, from audacity had sought to oppose and encounter Krishna in a combat hand to hand, was slain by Krishna and lay down lifeless, resembling a Karnikara tree uprooted by a gale.  O Sanjaya, O son of
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