The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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furnished with golden wings and vulturine feathers and endued with great energy, with barbed arrows, and nalikas, and long shafts, he covered the hostile host.  And he felled elephants and car-warriors also with his sharp shafts.  And he made that large body of cars resemble a forest of palmyras shorn of their leafy heads.  And that mighty armed warrior, that foremost of all wielders of weapons, O king, deprived cars and elephants and steeds of their riders in that conflict.  And hearing the twang of his bow-string and the noise of his palms, loud as the roar of the thunder, all the troops trembled, O Bharata.  The shafts of thy sire, O bull of Bharata’s race, told on the foe.  Indeed, shot from Bhishma’s bow they did not strike the coats of mail only (but pierced them through).  And we beheld, O king, many cars destitute of their brave riders dragged over the field of battle, O monarch, by the fleet steeds yoked unto them.  Fourteen thousand car-warriors, belonging to the Chedis, the Kasis, and the Karushas, of great celebrity and noble parentage, prepared to lay down their lives, unretreating from the field, and owning excellent standards decked with gold, having met with Bhishma in battle who resembled the Destroyer himself with wide-open mouth, all went to the other world along with their cars, steeds, and elephants.  And we beheld there, O king, cars by hundreds and thousands, some with their axles and bottoms broken, and some, O Bharata, with broken wheels.  And the earth was strewn with cars broken along with their wooden fences, with the prostrate forms of car-warriors, with shafts, with beautiful but broken coats of mail, with axes.  O monarch; with maces and short arrows and sharp shafts, with bottoms of cars, with quivers and broken wheels, O sire, with innumerable bows and scimitars and heads decked with ear-rings; with leathern fences and gloves and overthrown standards, and with bows broken in various parts.  And elephants, O king, destitute of riders, and slain horsemen (of the Pandava army), lay dead.  The valiant Pandavas notwithstanding all their efforts, could not rally those car-warriors, who, afflicted by the shafts of Bhishma, were flying away from the field.  Indeed, O king, that mighty host while being slaughtered by Bhishma endued with energy equal to that of Indra himself, broke so completely that no two persons fled together.  With its cars, elephants, and steeds overthrown, and with its standards laid low in profusion, the army of the sons of Pandu, deprived of senses, uttered loud exclamations of woe.  And at that time, sire slew son, and son slew sire, and friend smote dear friend, impelled by fate.  And many combatants of the Pandavas army, throwing aside their armour, were seen flying in all directions with dishevelled hair.  Indeed, the Pandava troops looked like bulls running wild in fear, and no longer restrained by the yoke.  Indeed, loud were the exclamations, we heard of woe that they uttered.

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