The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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like a lady in the streets.  And those mighty bowmen with standards variegated with gold cutting through (the Kaurava ranks), proceeded with great speed for rescuing Dhrishtadyumna and Vrikodara.  And the latter, beholding those mighty bowmen headed by Abhimanyu, became filled with delight and continued to smite down thy ranks.  And the heroic prince of Panchala, viz., the son of Prishata, seeing meanwhile his preceptor advancing towards him with great speed, no longer wished to compass the death of thy sons.  Causing Vrikodara then to be taken up on the car of the king of the Kaikeyas, he rushed in great wrath against Drona accomplished in arrow and all weapons.  And that slayer of foes, viz., the valiant son of Bharadwaja, excited with rage, cut off with a broad-headed shaft the bow of Prishata’s son who was rushing towards him with impetuosity.  And remembering the bread he had eaten of his master and desirous of doing good to Duryodhana, he also sped hundreds of shafts after Prishata’s son.  Then that slayer of hostile heroes, viz., the son of Prishata, taking up another bow, pierced Drona with seventy shafts whetted on stone and furnished with wings of gold.  Then that grinder of foes, viz., Drona, once more cut off his bow, and despatched his four steeds to Yama’s abode with four excellent arrows, and also slew his charioteer, O Bharata, with a broad-headed shaft.  Then that mighty car-warrior of strong arms, viz., Dhrishtadyumna, quickly descending from that car whose steeds had been slain, ascended the great car of Abhimanyu.  Then Drona caused the Pandava army consisting of cars, elephants, and steeds, to tremble, in the very sight of Bhimasena and the intelligent son of Prishata.  Beholding then that army thus broken by Drona of immeasurable energy, all those mighty car-warriors were incapable of checking its flight.  And that army, thus slaughtered by Drona with his sharp shafts, began to move in eddies there, like the agitated sea.  And beholding the (Pandava) army in that condition, thy troops were filled with delight.  And seeing the preceptor excited with rage and thus consuming the ranks of the foe, all thy warriors, O Bharata, set up loud shouts and uttered exclamations in praise of Drona.”

SECTION LXXVIII

Sanjaya said, “Then king Duryodhana, regaining his senses, once more began to resist Bhima with showers of arrows.  And once more those mighty car-warriors viz., thy sons, united together, began to fight valiantly with Bhimasena.  And Bhimasena also of mighty arms during that battle, having got his car, ascended it and proceeded to the spot where thy sons were.  And taking up a strong and very tough bow adorned with gold and capable of taking the lives of foes he pierced thy sons in that conflict, with his shafts.  Then king Duryodhana struck the mighty Bhimasena at the very vitals with a long shaft of exceeding sharpness.  Then that mighty bowman,

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