The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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mighty car-warriors (of the Pandava army) united together, listen to me as I speak (of them) unto thee.  Like a young tiger attacking a bull, Chitrasena, O king, rushed against Chekitana who in that battle was proceeding for getting at Bhishma.  Kritavarman, O king, resisted Dhrishtadyumna who had reached the presence of Bhishma and who was exerting himself with great activity and vigour in that battle.  Somadatta’s son, O monarch, with great activity, resisted Bhimasena excited with fury and desirous of slaying Bhishma.  Similarly Vikarna, desirous of (protecting) Bhishma’s life, resisted the brave Nakula who was scattering innumerable arrows around.  And so, O king, Kripa the son of Saradwat, excited with rage, resisted Sahadeva proceeding towards Bhishma’s car.  And the mighty Durmukha rushed at that Rakshasa of cruel deeds, viz., the mighty son of Bhishmasena, desirous of Bhishma’s slaughter.  Thy son Duryodhana himself resisted Satyaki proceeding to battle.  Sudakshina the ruler of the Kamavojas, O king, resisted Abhimanyu, O monarch, who was proceeding towards Bhishma’s car.  And Aswatthaman, O king, excited with rage, resisted old Virata and Drupada, those two chastisers of foes united together.  And Bharadwaja’s son, exerting himself with vigour in battle, resisted the eldest Pandava, that is to say, king Yudhishthira the just, who was desirous of Bhishma’s death.  And that great bowman, viz., Dussasana, in that battle, resisted Arjuna who was rushing with great speed, with Sikhandin before him, desirous of coming upon Bhishma, O monarch, and illuminating the ten quarters (with his bright weapons).  And other warriors of thy army resisted in that great battle other mighty car-warriors of the Pandavas proceeding against Bhishma.  Dhrishtadyumna, that mighty car-warrior, excited with rage, rushed against Bhishma alone and addressing the troops, repeatedly said in a loud voice, ’There, Arjuna, that delighter of Kuru’s race, is proceeding against Bhishma in battle.  Rush ye against Ganga’s son.  Be not afraid.  Bhishma will not be able to attack you in battle.[476] Vasava himself cannot venture to fight with Arjuna in battle.  What therefore, need be said of Bhishma who, though possessed of bravery in battle, is feeble and old.”  Hearing these words of their commander, the mighty car-warriors of the Pandava army, filled with joy, rushed towards the car of Ganga’s son.  Many foremost of men, however, of thy army cheerfully received and resisted those heroes coming towards Bhishma like impetuous mass of living energy.  That mighty car-warrior, Dussasana, abandoning all fears, rushed against Dhananjaya, desirous of protecting the life of Bhishma.  And so the heroic Pandavas also, O king, rushed in. battle against thy sons, those mighty car-warriors, stationed about Bhishma’s car.  And then, O king we beheld a highly wonderful incident, viz., that Partha, having proceeded as far as Dussasana’s car, could not advance further.  As the continent resists the surging
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