The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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showers of arrows.  Then Sahadeva of great prowess, O Bharata, excited with wrath, took up a (powerful) shaft, and rushing at the ruler of the Madras, shot it at him[416].  That shaft endued with the impetuosity of Garuda himself, shot by him, pierced the ruler of the Madras through, and fell on the earth.  Thereupon that mighty car-warrior, deeply pierced and greatly pained, sat down.  O king, on the terrace of his car, and went into a swoon.  Beholding him (thus) afflicted by the twins, deprived of consciousness, and prostrated (on his car), his charioteer bore him away on his vehicle over the field.  Seeing the car of the ruler of the Madras retreating (from battle) the Dhartarashtras all became cheerless and thought it was all over with him.[417] Then those mighty car-warriors, viz., the two sons of Madri, having vanquished in battle their maternal uncle, cheerfully blew their conches and uttered leonine roars.  And then they rushed joyfully, O king, towards thy forces like the gods Indra and Upendra, O monarch, towards the Daitya host.”


Sanjaya said, “Then when the sun attained the meridian, king Yudhishthira, beholding Srutayush, urged on his steeds.  And the king rushed at Srutayush, that chastiser of foes, striking him with nine straight shafts of keen points.  That great bowman, viz., king Srutayush then, checking in that battle those arrows shot by the son of Pandu, struck Yudhishthira with seven shafts.  These penetrating through his armour, drank his blood in that battle, as if sucking the very vital energies dwelling in the body of that high-souled one.[418] The son of Pandu then, though deeply pierced by that high-souled king, pierced king Srutayush (in return), at the latter’s heart, with an arrow shaped as the boar’s ear.  And that foremost of car-warriors, viz., the son of Pritha, with another broad-headed arrow, quickly felled on the earth the standard of the high-souled Srutayush from his car.  Beholding his standard overthrown, king Srutayush then, O monarch, pierced the son of Pandu with seven sharp shafts.  Thereupon Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma, blazed up with wrath, like the fire that blazeth forth at the end of the Yuga for consuming creatures.  Beholding the son of Pandu excited with rage, the gods, the Gandharvas, and the Rakshasas, trembled, O king, and the universe became agitated.  And even this was the thought that arose in the minds of all creatures, viz., that that king, excited with rage, would that day consume the three worlds.  Indeed, when the son of Pandu was thus excited with wrath, the Rishis and the celestials prayed for the peace of the world.  Filled with wrath and frequently licking the corners of his mouth, Yudhishthira assumed a terrible expression looking like the sun that riseth at the end of the Yuga.  Then all thy warriors, O king, became hopeless of their lives, O Bharata.  Checking, however,

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