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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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at their head.  And he then despatched Bhima, and Dhananjaya the son of Pandu, in the second division of his forces.  And the din made by the men moving and running about for harnessing their steeds and elephants and loading the cars with implements of battle, and the shouts of the cheerful combatants, seemed to touch the very heavens.  And last of all, the king marched himself, accompanied by Virata and Drupada and the other monarchs (on his side).  And that army of fierce bowmen commanded by Dhrishtadyumna, hitherto stationed in one place, but now extended into columns for marching, looked like the (impetuous) current of Ganga.  The then intelligent Yudhishthira depending on his wisdom, disposed his divisions in a different order, confounding the sons of Dhritarashtra.  And the son of Pandu ordered that those mighty bowmen, the (five) sons of Draupadi and Abhimanyu, and Nakula, and Sahadeva, and all the Prabhadrakas, and ten thousand horses, and two thousand elephants, and ten thousand foot-soldiers, and five hundred cars, constituting the first irresistible division of his army, should be placed under the command of Bhimasena.  And he placed in the middle division of his army Virata and Jayatsena, and those two mighty car-warriors, viz., Yudhamanyu and Uttamauja, the two high-souled princes of Panchala, both endued with great prowess and both armed with mace and bow.  And in this middle division marched Vasudeva and Dhananjaya.  There were (placed) combatants highly accomplished in arms and burning with anger.  Amongst them were steeds ridden by brave warriors, and five thousand elephants, and crowds of cars all around.  And foot-soldiers in thousands, that were all brave and armed with bows, swords, and maces, marched behind them, as thousand marched before them.  And in that part of that sea of troops, where Yudhishthira himself was, there were stationed numerous lords of earth.  And there also were thousands of elephants, and steeds by ten thousands, and cars and foot-soldiers also by thousands.  And there also marched, O bull among kings, Chekitana with his own large force, and king Dhrishtaketu, the leader of the Chedis.  And there also was that mighty bowman, Satyaki, the foremost car-warrior of the Vrishnis, that mighty combatant, surrounded by hundreds and thousands of cars and leading (them to battle)!  And those bulls among men, Kshatrahan and Kshatradeva, mounted on their cars, marched behind, protecting the rear.  And there (in the rear) were the waggons, stalls, uniforms, vehicles and draft animals.  There also were thousands of elephants and horses by tens of thousands.  And taking all the invalids and women, and all that were emaciated and weak, and all the animals carrying his treasures, and all his granaries, with the aid of his elephant-divisions, Yudhishthira marched slowly.  And he was followed by Sauchitti, who steadily adhered to truth and was invincible in battle, and Srenimat, and Vasudeva and Vibhu, the son of the ruler of Kasi,
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