The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Vaisampayana continued, ’Beholding the disguised son of Pandu, the Kauravas, O Bharata, began to indulge in these surmises, but they could not come to any definite conclusion.  Meanwhile, Dhananjaya, hastily pursuing the retreating Uttara, seized him by the hair within a hundred steps.  And seized by Arjuna, the son of Virata began to lament most woefully like one in great affliction, and said, ’Listen, O good Vrihannala, O thou of handsome waist.  Turn thou quickly the course of the car.  He that liveth meeteth with prosperity.  I will give thee a hundred coins of pure gold and eight lapis lazuli of great brightness set with gold, and one chariot furnished with a golden flag-staff and drawn by excellent steeds, and also ten elephants of infuriate prowess.  Do thou, O Vrihannala, set me free.’

“Vaisampayana continued, ’Thus addressed, that tiger among men laughingly dragged Uttara who was almost deprived of his senses and who was uttering these words of lamentation towards the car.  And the son of Pritha then addressed the affrighted prince who had nearly lost his senses, saying, ’If, O chastiser of foes, thou dost not venture to fight with enemy, come thou and hold the reins of the steeds as I fight with the foe.  Protected by the might of my arms, penetrate thou yon formidable and invincible array of cars guarded by heroic and mighty warriors.  Fear not, O chastiser of foes, thou art a Kshatriya and the foremost of royal princess.  Why dost thou, O tiger among men, succumb in the midst of the foe?  I shall surely fight with the Kurus and recover the kine, penetrating into this formidable and inaccessible array of cars.  Be thou my charioteer, O best of men, I will fight with the Kurus.’  Thus speaking unto Uttara, the son of Virata, Vibhatsu, heretofore unconquered in battle, for a while comforted him.  And then the son of Pritha, that foremost of smiters, raised on the car that fainting and reluctant prince stricken with fear!’”


“Vaisampayana said, ’Beholding that bull among men seated on the car in the habit of a person of the third sex, driving toward the Sami tree, having taken (the flying) Uttara up, all the great car-warriors of the Kurus with Bhishma and Drona at their head, became affrighted at heart, suspecting the comer to be Dhananjaya.  And seeing them so dispirited and marking also the many wonderful portents, that foremost of all wielders of arms, the preceptor Drona, son of Bharadwaja, said, ’Violent and hot are the winds that below, showering gravels in profusion.  The sky also is overcast with a gloom of ashy hue.  The clouds present the strange sight of being dry and waterless.  Our weapons also of various kinds are coming out of their cases.  The jackals are yelling hideously affrighted at the conflagrations on all sides.[41] The horses too are shedding tears, and our banners are trembling though moved by none.  Such being the inauspicious indications seen, a great

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