The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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bear (that act).  These, viz., Adityaketu and Vahvasin, and Kundadhara and Mahodara, and Aparajita, and Panditaka and the invincible Visalaksha, clad in variegated armour and with their beautiful coats of mail and weapons,—­these grinders of foes desirous of battle,—­rushed against the son of Pandu.  And Mahodara, in that battle, pierced Bhimasena with nine winged arrows, each resembling the thunder-bolt in force, like the slayer of Vritra striking (the great Asura) Namuchi.  And Adityaketu struck him with seventy shafts, and Vishnu with five.  And Kundadhara struck him with ninety shafts, and Visalaksha with seven.  And that conqueror of foes, the mighty car-warrior Aparajita, O king, struck Bhimasena of great strength with many arrows.  And Panditaka also, in battle, pierced him with three arrows.  Bhima, however, did not (quietly) bear these attacks of his foes in battle.  Forcibly grasping the bow with his left hand, that grinder of foes cut off, in that battle, the head, with a straight shaft, of thy son Aparajita, graced with a fine nose.  Thus vanquished by Bhima, his head then dropped on the ground.  Then, in the very sight of all the troops, Bhima despatched, with another broad-headed arrow, the mighty car-warrior Kundadhara to the domain of Death.  Then that hero of immeasurable soul, once more aiming an arrow, sped it, O Bharata, at Panditaka in that battle.  And the arrow killing Panditaka, entered the earth, like a snake impelled by Death quickly entering the earth after despatching the person (whose hour had come).  Of undepressed soul, that hero then, O king, recollecting his former woes, felled Visalaksha’s head, cutting it off with three arrows.  Then Bhima, in that battle, struck the mighty bowman Mahodara in the centre of the chest with a long shaft.  Slain (therewith), O king, the latter fell down on the earth.  Then, O Bharata, cutting off with an arrow the umbrella of Adityaketu in that battle, he severed his head with another broad-headed shaft of exceeding sharpness.  Then, O monarch, excited with rage, Bhima, with another straight shaft, despatched Vahvasin towards the abode of Yama.  Then thy other sons, O king, all fled away regarding the words to be true which Bhima had uttered in the (midst of the Kaurava) assembly.[430] Then king Duryodhana afflicted with sorrow on account of his brothers, addressed all his troops, saying, ‘There is Bhima.  Let him be slain.’  Thus, O king, thy sons, those mighty bowmen, beholding their brothers slain, recollected those words beneficial and peaceful, that Vidura of great wisdom had spoken.  Indeed, those words of the truthful Vidura are now being realised,—­those beneficial words, O king, which, influenced by covetousness and folly as also by affection for thy sons, thou couldst not then understand.  From the way in which that mighty armed hero is slaying the Kauravas, it seemeth that that mighty son of Pandu hath assuredly taken his birth for the destruction of thy sons.  Meanwhile,
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