The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Sanjaya said, “Then the mighty Dhananjaya, struck with those shafts and drawing long breaths like a trodden snake, cut off, with great force, by means of his successive shafts, the bows of those mighty car-warriors.  Cutting off in a moment, O king, the bows of those powerful monarchs in that battle, the high-souled Arjuna, desiring to exterminate them pierced all of them simultaneously with his shafts.  Struck (thus) by Indra’s son, O king, some of them fell down on the field, covered with blood.  And some had their limbs mangled, and some had their heads struck off.  And some perished with bodies mangled and coats of mail cut through.  And afflicted by the arrows of Partha, many of them, falling down on the earth, perished together.  Beholding then those princes slain in battle, the ruler of the Trigartas advanced on his car.  And two and thirty others amongst those car-warriors, they who had been protecting the rear of the slain combatants also fell upon Partha.  These all, surrounding Partha, and drawing their bows of loud twang, poured on him a thick shower of arrows like the clouds pouring torrents of water on the mountain breast.  Then Dhananjaya afflicted with that arrowy down-pour in that battle, became excited with wrath, and with sixty arrows steeped in oil he despatched all those protectors of the rear.  Having vanquished in battle those sixty car-warriors, the illustrious Dhananjaya became cheerful at heart.  And having slain also the forces of those kings, Jishnu sped for Bhishma’s slaughter.  Then the ruler of the Trigartas, beholding his friends those mighty car-warriors slain, speedily advanced upon Partha, with a number of (other) kings in his van, for slaying him.  Then the Pandava warrior headed by Sikhandin, beholding those combatants advancing upon Dhananjaya that foremost of all conversant with arms, proceeded with whetted weapons in hand, desirous of protecting the car of Arjuna.  Partha also beholding those brave men advanced towards him with the ruler of the Trigartas, mangled them in battle with arrows shot from Gandiva.  Then that distinguished bowman, desirous of approaching Bhishma beheld Duryodhana and other kings headed by the ruler of the Sindhus.  Fighting with great energy for a moment and checking those warriors that were desirous of protecting Bhishma, the heroic Arjuna of great valour and infinite prowess avoiding Duryodhana and Jayadratha and others,—­that warrior of mighty strength and great mental vigour,—­at last proceeded, bow and arrow in hand, towards the son of Ganga in battle.  The high-souled Yudhishthira also, of fierce prowess and infinite renown, avoiding in battle the ruler of the Madras who had been assigned to his share, quickly proceeded, with excited wrath and accompanied by Bhima and the sons of Madri towards Bhishma, the son of Santanu, for battle.  Conversant with all modes of warfare the high-souled son of Ganga and Santanu, though attacked in battle by all the sons of Pandu united together, wavered not at all. 

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