The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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the welkin, looked like darting snakes.  Then, excited with great wrath and drawing his gigantic bow, the mighty-armed prince of the Rakshasas, uttering a loud roar, cut off, with a crescent-shaped arrow, the preceptor’s bow in a rage.  And overthrowing, with another broad-headed arrow, the standard of Somadatta, he uttered a loud yell.  And he pierced Valhika with three shafts in the centre of the chest.  And he pierced Kripa with one arrow, and Chitrasena with three.  And with another arrow, well-armed and well-sped from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch, he struck Vikarna at the shoulder-joint.  Thereupon the latter, covered with gore, sat down on the terrace of his car.  Then that Rakshasa of immeasurable soul, excited With rage, O bull of Bharata’s race, sped at Bhurisravas five and ten shafts.  These, penetrating through the latter’s armour, entered the earth.  He then struck the chariot of Vivingsati and Aswatthaman.  These fell down on the front of their cars, relinquishing the reins of the steeds.  With another crescent-shaped shaft he overthrew the standard of Jayadratha bearing the device of a boar and decked with gold.  And with a second arrow he cut off the latter’s bow.  And with eyes red in wrath, he slew with four shafts the four steeds of the high-souled king of Avanti.  And with another arrow, O king, well-tempered and sharp, and shot from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch, he pierced king Vrihadvala.  Deeply pierced and exceedingly pained, the latter sat down on the terrace of his car.  Filled with great wrath and seated on his car, the prince of the Rakshasas then shot many bright arrows of keen points that resembled snakes of virulent poison.  These, O king, succeeded in piercing Salya accomplished in battle.”


Sanjaya said, “Having in that battle made all those warriors (of thy army) turn their faces from the field, the Rakshasa then, O chief of the Bharatas, rushed at Duryodhana, desirous of slaying him.  Beholding him rushing with great impetuosity towards the king, many warriors of thy army, incapable of defeat in battle, rushed towards him (in return) from desire of slaying him.  Those mighty car-warriors, drawing their bows that measured full six cubits long, and uttering loud roars like a herd of lions, all rushed together against that single warrior.  And surrounding him on all sides, they covered him with their arrowy showers like the clouds covering the mountain-breast with torrents of rain in autumn.  Deeply pierced with those arrows and much pained, he resembled then an elephant pierced with the hook.  Quickly then he soared up into the firmament like Garuda.  And (while there) he uttered many loud roars like the autumnal clouds, making the welkin and all the points of the compass, cardinal and subsidiary, resounded with those fierce cries.  Hearing those roars of the Rakshasa, O chief of the Bharatas, king Yudhishthira then, addressing Bhima, said unto that

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