with the Sakas, and the Surasenas, O sire, formed
its tail, O great king. And the Magadhas and
the Kalingas, with all the tribes of the Daserakas,
accoutred in mail, formed the right wing of that array.
And the Karushas, the Vikunjas, the Mundas, and the
Kaundivrishas, with Vrithadvala, were stationed on
the left wing. Then that chastiser of foes, Savyasachin,
beholding the host disposed in battle-array, aided
by Dhrishtadyumna, disposed his troops in counter-array.
And in opposition to that array of thine, the son of
Pandu formed fierce array after the form of the half-moon.
And stationed on the right horn, Bhimasena shone surrounded
by kings of diverse countries abundantly armed with
various weapons. Next to him were those mighty
car-warriors Virata and Drupada; and next to them was
Nila armed with envenomed weapons. And next to
Nila was the mighty car-warrior Dhrishtaketu, surrounded
by the Chedis, the Kasis, the Karushas, and the Pauravas.
And Dhrishtadyumna, and Sikhandin, with the Panchalas
and the Prabhadrakas, and supported by other troops,
were stationed in the middle, O Bharata, for battle.
And thither also was king Yudhishthira the just, surrounded
by his elephant division. And next to him were
Satyaki, O king, and the five sons of Draupadi.
And immediately next to them was Iravan. And
next to him were Bhimasena’s son (Ghatotkacha)
and those mighty car-warriors, the Kekayas. And
next, on the left horn (of that array), was that best
of men, viz
., he who had for his protector, Janardana—that
protector of the whole Universe. It was thus that
the Pandavas formed their mighty counter-array for
the destruction of thy sons and of those who had sided
with them. Then commenced the battle between
thy troops and those of the foe striking one another,
and in which cars and elephants mingled in the clash
of combat. Large numbers of elephants and crowds
of cars were seen everywhere, O king, to rush towards
one another for purposes of slaughter. And the
rattle of innumerable cars rushing (to join the fray),
or engaged separately raised a loud uproar, mingling
with the beat of drums. And the shouts of the
heroic combatants belonging to thy army and theirs,
O Bharata, slaying one another in that fierce encounter,
reached the very heavens.”
Sanjaya said, “After the ranks of thy army and
theirs had been disposed in battle-array, that mighty
car-warrior, Dhananjaya, felling in that conflict
leaders of car-divisions with his arrows, caused a
great carnage, O Bharata, among the car-ranks.
The Dhartarashtras, (thus) slaughtered in battle by
Pritha’s son, like the Destroyer himself at the
end of the Yuga, still fought perseveringly with the
Pandavas. Desirous. of (winning) blazing glory
and (bent upon) making death (the only ground for)
a cessation of the fight, with minds undirected to
anything else, they broke the Pandava ranks in many
places and were also themselves broken. Then