encounter with him (in the guise of) a hunter, still
existeth with me. Indeed, O tiger among men,
that weapon which the Lord of all creatures useth
at the end of Yuga for destroying created things, existeth
with me. Ganga’s son knoweth not that weapon;
nor Drona nor Gautama (Kripa); nor Drona’s son,
O king! How, therefore, can the Suta’s son
know it. It is not, however, proper to slay ordinary
men in battle by means of celestial weapons.
We shall (on the other band) vanquish our foes in a
fair fight. Then, these tigers among men, O king,
are thy allies! All of them are well-versed in
celestial weapons, and all of them are eager for battle.
All of them after their initiation in the Vedas, have
undergone the final bath in sacrifices. All of
them are unvanquished. They are competent, O
son of Pandu, to slay in battle the army of even the
celestials. Thou hast for thy allies Sikhandin,
and Yuyudhana and Dhristadyumna of Prishata’s
race; and Bhimasena, and these twins, and Yudhamanyu,
and Uttamaujas, and Virata and Drupada who are equal
in battle unto Bhishma and Drona; and the mighty-armed
Sankha, and Hidimva’s son of great might; and
this latter’s son Anjanparvan endued with great
strength and prowess; and Sini’s descendant
of mighty arms and well-versed in battle, and the
mighty Abhimanyu and the five sons of Draupadi!
Thou art thyself, again, competent to exterminate
the three worlds! O thou that art endued with
effulgence equal unto that of Sakra himself, I know
it, O Kaurava, for it is manifest, that that man upon
whom thou mayest cast thy eyes in anger is sure to
“Vaisampayana said, ’Next morning, under
a cloudless sky, all the kings, urged by Dhritarashtra’s
son, Duryodhana,—set out against the Pandavas.
And all of them had purified themselves by baths, were
decked in garlands, and attired in white robes.
And having poured libations on fire, caused Brahmanas
to utter benedictions on them, they took up their
weapons and raised their (respective) standards.
And all of them were conversant with the Vedas, and
endued with great bravery, and had practised excellent
vows. And all of them were grantors of (other
people’s) wishes, and all were skilled in battle.
Endued with great strength, they set out, reposing
confidence on one another, and with singleness of
purpose desiring to win in battle the highest regions.
And first Vinda and Anuvinda, both of Avanti, and
Kekayas, and the Vahlikas, all set out with Bharadwaja’s
son at their head. Then came Aswatthaman, and
Santanu’s son (Bhishma), and Jayadratha of the
country of the Sindhu, and the kings of the southern
and the western countries and of the hilly regions,
and Sakuni, the ruler of the Gandharas, and all the
chiefs of the eastern and the northern regions, and
the Sakas, the Kiratas, and Yavanas, the Sivis and
the Vasatis with their Maharathas at the heads of
their respective divisions. All these great car-warriors