The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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that wrath with patience, that great bowman endued with high renown then cut off Srutayush’s bow at the grasp.  And then, in the very sight of all the troops, the king in that battle pierced Srutayush whose bow had been cut off, with a long arrow in the centre of the chest.  And the mighty Yudhishthira then, O king, speedily slew with his arrows the steeds of Srutayush and then, without losing a moment, his charioteer.  Beholding the prowess of the king, Srutayush leaving that car whose steeds had been slain, quickly fled away from battle.  After that great bowman had been vanquished in combat by the son of Dharma, all the troops of Duryodhana, O king, turned their faces.  Having, O monarch, achieved this feat, Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma, began to slay thy troops like Death himself with wide-open mouth.

“Chekitana of the Vrishni race, in the very sight of all the troops, covered with his shafts Gautama, that foremost of car-warriors.  Baffling all those arrows, Kripa the son of Saradwat, pierced Chekitana in return who was fighting with great care, O king, with arrows in that battle.  Then, O Bharata, with another broad-headed arrow he cut off Chekitana’s bow, and endued with great lightness of hand, he also felled with another broad-headed arrow the former’s charioteer.  Kripa then, O monarch, slew Chekitana’s steeds, as also both the warriors that protected the latter’s wings.  Then Chekitana of the Satwata race, quickly jumped down from his car, and took up a mace.  The foremost of all wielders of the mace, Chekitana, with that hero-slaying mace of his, slew the steeds of Gautama and then felled his charioteer.  Then Gautama, standing on the ground, shot sixteen arrows at Chekitana.  Those arrows, piercing through that hero of the Satwata race, entered the earth.  Thereat, Chekitana excited with rage, once more hurled his mace, desirous of slaying Gautama, like Purandara desirous of slaying Vritra.  Then Gautama with many thousands of arrows checked that huge mace, endued with the strength of adamant, that was coursing towards him.  Then Chekitana, O Bharata, drawing his sabre from the sheath, rushed with great speed towards Gautama.  Thereupon Gautama also, throwing away his bow, and taking up a polished sabre, rushed with great speed towards Chekitana.  Both of them possessed of great strength, and both armed with excellent sabres, began to strike each other with those sharp-edged weapons of theirs.  Then those bulls among men, struck with the force of each other’s sabres, fell down on the earth, that (common) element of all creatures.  Exhausted by the efforts they had made, the limbs of both were motionless in a swoon.  Then Karakarsha impelled by friendship, quickly rushed to that spot.  And that invincible warrior, beholding Chekitana in that plight, took him up on his car in the very sight of all troops.  And so also the brave Sakuni, thy brother-in-law, O monarch, speedily caused Gautama, that foremost of car-warriors, to mount on his car.

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