The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Drona, and Kripa and Salya and Vikarna, O Janardana, united with Dhritarashtra’s sons headed by Duryodhana, and protected by this firm bowman, will slaughter the Panchalas.  Even I, therefore, shall stay Bhishma for the sake of my troops, O Janardana.’  Unto him Vasudeva then said, ’Be careful, O Dhananjaya, for I will soon take thee, O hero, towards the grandsire’s car.’  Having said this, O king, Saurin took that car, which was celebrated over the world, before the car of Bhishma.  With numerous banners all waving, with steeds looking handsome like a flight of (white) cranes, with standard upraised on which was the ape roaring fiercely, upon his large car of solar effulgence and whose rattle resembled roar of the clouds, slaughtering the Kaurava divisions and the Surasenas also, the son of Pandu, that enhancer of the joys of friends speedily came to the encounter.  Him (thus) rushing impetuously like an infuriate elephant and (thus) frightening in a battle brave combatants and felling them with his shafts, Bhishma the son of Santanu, protected by the warriors headed by Saindhava and by the combatants of the East and the Sauviras and the Kekayas, encountered with great impetuosity.  Who else save the Kuru grandsire and those car-warriors, viz., Drona and Vikartana’s son (Karna), are capable of advancing in battle against the bearer of the bow called Gandiva?  Then, O great king, Bhishma, the grandsire of the Kauravas, struck Arjuna with seventy-seven arrows and Drona (struck him) with five and twenty, and Kripa with fifty, and Duryodhana with four and sixty, and Salya with nine arrows; and Drona’s son, that tiger among men, with sixty, and Vikarna with three arrows; and Saindhava with nine and Sakuni with five.  And Artayani O king, pierced Pandu’s son with three broad-headed arrows.  And (though) pierced on all sides by them with sharp arrows, that great bowman,[361] that mighty-armed (warrior), wavered not like mountain that is pierced (with arrows).  Thereupon he, the diadem-decked, of immeasurable soul, O bull of Bharata’s race, in return pierced Bhishma with five and twenty, and Kripa with nine arrows, and Drona with sixty, O tiger among men, and Vikarna with three arrows; and Artayani with three arrows, and the king (Duryodhana) also with five.  And then Satyaki, and Virata and Dhrishtadyumna of Prishata’s race, and the sons of Draupadi, and Abhimanyu, all surrounded him, (proceeding to his support).  Then the prince of the Panchalas, supported by the Somakas, advanced towards the great bowman Drona who was engaged in seeking the welfare of Ganga’s son.  Then Bhishma, that foremost of car-warriors, speedily pierced the son of Pandu with eighty sharp arrows, upon which the combatants on thy side were much gratified.  Hearing the shouts of those lions among car-warriors, Dhananjaya, endued with great prowess, then cheerfully entered into the midst of those lions among car-warriors and sported with his bow, O king, (successively) aiming
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