The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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with twelve, and Kripa with three sharp arrows.  Thy grandson Lakshmana then, beholding Subhadra’s son engaged in battle, rushed at him, excited with rage.  And the battle commenced between them.  And the son of Duryodhana, excited with rage, pierced Subhadra’s son with sharp shafts in that combat.  And that (feat), O king, seemed highly wonderful.  The light-handed Abhimanyu then, O bull of Bharata’s race, excited with rage, quickly pierced his cousin with five hundred arrows.  Lakshmana also, with his shafts, then cut off his (cousin’s) bow-staff at the middle, at which, O monarch, all the people sent forth a loud shout.  Then that slayer of hostile heroes, the son of Subhadra, leaving aside that broken bow, took up another that was beautiful and tougher.[367] And thereupon those two bulls among men, thus engaged in combat and desirous of counteracting each other’s feats, pierced each other with sharp shafts.  King Duryodhana then, O monarch, beholding his mighty son thus afflicted by thy grandson (Abhimanyu), proceeded to that spot.  And when thy son turned (towards that spot), all the kings surrounded the son of Arjuna on every side with crowds of cars.  Incapable of being defeated in battle and equal in prowess unto Krishna himself, that hero, O king, thus surrounded by those heroes, was not agitated in the least.  Then Dhananjaya, beholding Subhadra’s son engaged in battle, rushed to that spot, excited with wrath, desirous of rescuing his own son.  Thereupon the kings (on the Kuru side), headed by Bhishma and Drona and with cars, elephants and steeds, rushed impetuously at Savyasachin.  Then a thick earthly dust, suddenly raised by foot-soldiers and steeds and cars and cavalry troopers, covering the sky appeared on the view.  And those thousands of elephants and hundreds of kings, when they came within reach of Arjuna’s arrows, were all unable to make any further advance.  And all creatures there set up loud wails, and the points of the compass became dark.  And then the transgression of the Kurus assumed a fierce and dreadful aspect as regards its consequences.  Neither the welkin, nor the cardinal points of the compass nor the earth, nor the sun, could be distinguished, O best of men, in consequence of the arrows shot by Kiritin.[368] And many were the elephants there deprived of the standards (on their backs), and many car-warriors also, deprived of their steeds.  And some leaders of car divisions were seen wandering, having abandoned their cars.  And other car-warriors, deprived of their cars, were seen to wander hither and thither, weapon in hand and their arms graced with Angadas.  And riders of steeds abandoning their steeds and of elephants abandoning their elephants from fear of Arjuna, O king, fled away in all directions.  And kings were seen felled or falling from cars and elephants and steeds in consequence of Arjuna’s shafts.  And Arjuna, assuming a fierce countenance, cut off with his terrible shafts, the upraised arms of warriors,
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