pierced thus deeply by thy son, bow in hand, forcibly
drawing his own with eyes red in wrath, struck Duryodhana
in his two arms and the breast with three shafts.
But struck thus, O king, he moved not, like a prince
of mountains. Beholding then those two heroes
excited with rage and smiting each other, the younger
brothers of Duryodhana, all of whom were heroes prepared
to lay down their lives, remembering their previously
formed scheme of afflicting Vrikodara of terrible deeds,
set about firmly resolved, for smiting him down.
And as they fell upon him in battle, Bhimasena of
great strength rushed against them, O king, like an
elephant rushing against an attacking compeer.
Excited with fury and endued with great energy, that
celebrated hero then, O king, afflicted thy son Chitrasena
with a long arrow. And as regards thy other sons,
that descendant of Bharata smote them all in that
battle, with diverse kinds of shafts furnished with
wings of gold and endued with great impetus.
Then king Yudhishthira the just, disposing all his
own divisions properly despatched twelve mighty car-warriors
including Abhimanyu and others to follow Bhimasena
behind. Those, O king, all proceeded against those
mighty car-warriors, viz
., thy sons. Beholding
those heroes on their cars, resembling the Sun himself
or the fire in splendour-those great bowmen of blazing
effulgence and superb beauty, looking resplendent in
that dreadful conflict with ornaments of gold,—thy
mighty sons abandoned Bhima (with whom they had been
fighting). The sons of Kunti, however, could
not bear the sight of their abandoning the conflict
Sanjaya said, “Then Abhimanyu, accompanied by
Bhimasena pursuing thy sons, afflicted them all.
Then the mighty car-warriors of thy army, including
Duryodhana and others, beholding Abhimanyu and Bhimasena
united with Prishata’s son in the midst of the
(Kauravas) troops, took up their bows, and borne by
their fleet steeds rushed to the spot where those
warriors were. And on that afternoon, O king,
a dreadful conflict took place between the mighty
combatants of thy army and those of the foe, O Bharata.
And Abhimanyu, having, in that fierce battle, slain
the steeds of Vikarna, pierced the latter with five
and twenty small arrows. Then that mighty car-warrior,
Vikarna, abandoning that car whose steeds had been
slain, mounted on the resplendent car, O king, of Chitrasena.
Then thus stationed on the same car, viz., those
two brothers of Kuru’s race, the son of Arjuna
covered, O Bharata, with showers of arrows. Then
Durjaya and Vikarna pierced Abhimanyu with five shafts
made wholly of iron. Abhimanyu however, shook
not in the least but stood firm like the mountain
Meru. Dussasana in that battle, O sire, fought
with the five Kekaya brothers. All these, O great
king, seemed exceedingly wonderful. The sons
of Draupadi, excited with rage, resisted Duryodhana