thousand of drums were loudly beaten, and there arose
from all the divisions the loud blare of conches and
the notes of trumpets and many leonine shouts.
Then (innumerable) bows of loud twang, stretched by
heroic warriors with shaft fixed on the bowstrings,
and the blare of conches, silenced that uproar of
drums and cymbals. And the entire welkin filled
with that blare of conches was diffused with an earthly
dust that made it wonderful to behold. And with
that dust the sky looked as if a vast canopy were spread
overhead. And beholding that canopy the brave
warriors all rushed impetuously (to battle).
And car-warriors, struck by car-warriors, were overthrown
with charioteers, steeds, cars, and standards.
And elephants, struck by elephants, fell down, and
foot-soldiers struck by foot-soldiers. And rushing
horsemen, struck down by rushing horsemen with lances
and swords, fell down with frightful countenances.
And all this seemed exceedingly wonderful. And
excellent shields decked with golden stars and possessed
of solar effulgence, broken by (strokes of) battle-axes,
lances and swords dropped on the field. And many
car-warriors mangled and bruised by the tusks and the
strong trunks of elephants, fell down with their charioteers.
And many bulls among car-warriors struck by bulls
among car-warriors with their shafts, fell down on
the ground. And many persons hearing the wails
of horsemen and foot-soldiers struck with the tusks
and other limbs of elephants or crushed by the impetus
of those huge creatures rushing in close ranks, fell
down on the field of battle.
“Then when cavalry and foot-soldiers were falling
fast, and elephants and steeds and cars were flying
away in fear, Bhishma, surrounded by many mighty car-warriors,
obtained sight of him who had the prince of apes on
his standard. And the palmyra-bannered warrior,
viz. the son of Santanu, having five palmyras
on his standard, then rushed against the diadem-decked
(Arjuna) whose car, in consequence of the fleetness
of the excellent steeds attached to it was endued
with wonderful energy and which blazed like the very
lightning in consequence of the energy of his mighty
weapons. And so against that son of Indra who
was like unto Indra himself, rushed many (other) warriors
headed by Drona and Kripa and Salya and Vivinsati
and Duryodhana and also Somadatta’s son, O king.
Then the heroic Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna, conversant
with all weapons and cased in a handsome and golden
coat of mail, rushing out of the ranks, quickly proceeded
against all those warriors. And that son of Krishna
of feats incapable of being borne, baffling the mighty
weapons of all those warriors of great strength, looked
resplendent like the adorable Agni himself, on the
sacrificial altar, of blazing flames, invoked with
high mantras. Then Bhishma of mighty energy,
creating in that battle a very river whose waters
were the blood of foes, and quickly avoiding Subhadra’s
son, encountered that mighty car-warrior, viz.,