The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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and horsemen and brave and fierce bowmen were overthrown by Bhima in the very sight of Virata.  And the hostile infantry also began to be slaughtered by the illustrious Bhima, mace in hand.  And beholding that terrible onslaught, Susarman, irrepressible in fight, thought within himself, ’My brother seems to have already succumbed in the midst of his mighty host.  Is my army going to be annihilated?’ And drawing his bow-string to his ear Susarman then turned back and began to shoot keen-edged shafts incessantly.  And seeing the Pandavas return to the charge on their car, the Matsya warriors of mighty host, urging on their steeds, shot excellent weapons for grinding the Trigarta soldiers.  And Virata’s son also, exceedingly exasperated began to perform prodigious fears of valour.  And Kunti’s son Yudhishthira slew a thousand (of the foe), and Bhima showed the abode of Yama unto seven thousand.  And Nakula sent seven hundred (to their last account) by means of his shafts.  And powerful Sahadeva also, commanded by Yudhishthira, slew three hundred brave warriors.  And having slain such numbers, that fierce and mighty warrior, Yudhishthira, with weapons upraised, rushed against Susarman.  And rushing impetuously at Susarman, that foremost of car-warriors, king Yudhishthira, assailed him with vollies of shafts.  And Susarman also, in great rage, quickly pierced Yudhishthira with nine arrows, and each of his four steeds with four arrows.  Then, O king, Kunti’s son Bhima of quick movements, approaching Susarman crushed his steeds.  And having slain also those soldiers that protected his rear, he dragged from the car his antagonist’s charioteer to the ground.  And seeing the king of Trigarta’s car without a driver, the defender of his car-wheels, the famous and brave Madiraksha speedily came to his aid.  And thereat, leaping down from Susarman’s car, and securing the latter’s mace the powerful Virata ran in pursuit of him.  And though old, he moved on the field, mace in hand, even like a lusty youth.  And beholding Susarman flee Bhima addressed him, saying, ’Desist, O Prince!  This flight of thine is not proper!  With this prowess of thine, how couldst thou wish to carry off the cattle by force?  How also, forsaking thy follower, dost thou droop so amidst foes?  Thus addressed by Pritha’s son, the mighty Susarman, that lord of countless cars saying unto Bhima, Stay!  Stay!—­suddenly turned round and rushed at him.  Then Bhima, the son of Pandu, leaping down from his car, as he alone could do,[33] rushed forward with great coolness, desirous of taking Susarman’s life.  And desirous of seizing Trigarta’s king advancing towards him, the mighty Bhimasena rushed impetuously towards him, even like a lion rushing at a small deer.  And advancing impetuously, the mighty-armed Bhima seized Susarman by the hair, and lifting him up in wrath, dashed him down on the ground.  And as he lay crying in agony, the mighty-armed Bhima kicked him at the head, and placing his knee on his breast dealt
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