The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Supported by many thousands of elephants and cars, and by hundred thousands of cavalry and infantry, and stretching his bow in great wrath he advanced against that division of the Madras and the Kekayas, O chastiser of foes, leading his troops with him.  And that division (of the Pandava army), protected by that renowned and firm bowman, and consisting of cars, elephants, and cavalry, looked resplendent as it advanced for the encounter.  And while proceeding towards Arjuna, that perpetuator of Panchala’s race struck Saradwat’s son on his shoulder-joint with three arrows.  And piercing the Madrakas then with ten sharp shafts, he speedily slew the protector of Kritavarman’s rear.  And that chastiser of foes then, with a shaft of broad head, slew Damana, the heir of the high-souled Paurava.  Then the son of Samyamani pierced the Panchala prince incapable of defeat in the battle with ten shafts, and his charioteer also with ten shafts.  Then that mighty bowman, (thus) severely pierced, licked with his tongue the corners of his mouth, and cut off his enemy’s bow with a broad-headed shaft of excessive sharpness.  And soon the prince of Panchala afflicted his foe with five and twenty arrows, and then slew his steeds, O king, and then both the protectors of his wings.  Then, O bull of Bharata’s race, Samyamani’s son, standing on that car whose steeds were slain, looked at the son of the renowned king of the Panchalas.  Then taking up a terrible scimitar of the best kind, made of steel, Samyamani’s son walking on foot, approached Drupada’s son staying on his car.  And the Pandavas, soldiers and Dhrishtadyumna also of Prishata’s race beheld him coming like a wave and resembling a snake fallen from the skies.  And he whirled his sword and looked like the sun and advanced with the tread of an infuriate elephant.  The prince of Panchala then, excited with rage, quickly taking up a mace, smashed the head of Samyamani’s son thus advancing towards him, sharp-edged scimitar in grasp and shield in hand, as soon as the latter, having crossed the shooting distance, was near enough to his adversary’s car.  And then, O king, while falling down deprived of life, his blazing scimitar and shield, loosened from his grasp, fell down with his body on the ground.  And the high-souled son of the Panchala king, of terrible prowess, having slain his foe with his mace, won great renown.  And when that prince, that mighty car-warrior and great bowman, was (thus) slain, loud cries of oh and alas arose among thy troops, O sire.  Then Samyamani, excited with rage upon beholding his own son slain, impetuously rushed towards the prince of Panchala who was incapable of defeat in battle.  And all the kings of both the Kuru and the Pandava armies beheld those two princes and foremost of car-warriors engaged in battle.  Then that slayer of hostile heroes Samyamani, excited with wrath, struck Prishata’s son with three shafts like (the conductor of an elephant striking) a mighty elephant with hooks.  And so Salya also, that ornament of assemblies, excited with wrath, struck the heroic son of Prishata on his breast.  And then commenced (another) battle (there).”

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