afflicted the five princes of Kekaya and the ruler
of the Panchalas and then rushed against the division
of Yudhishthira. Then Bhimasena and Dhananjaya
and the grandson of Sini, and the sons of Drupada,
and the ruler of Kasi, viz
., the son of Saivya,
and Sivi himself, cheerfully and with loud roars covered
him with their arrows. Shafts in thousands, decked
with wings of gold, shot from Drona’s bow, piercing
through the bodies of the elephants and the young
horses of those warriors, entered the earth, their
feathers dyed with blood. The field of battle,
strewn with cars and the prostrate forms of large
bands of warriors, and of elephants and steeds mangled
with shafts, looked like the welkin covered with masses
of black clouds. Then Drona, desirous of the
prosperity of thy sons, having thus crushed the divisions
of Satyaki, and Bhima, and Dhananjaya and Subhadra’s
son and Drupada, and the ruler of the Kasi, and having
ground many other heroes in battle, indeed, that high-souled
warrior, having achieved these and many other feats,
and having, O chief of the Kurus, scorched the world
like the Sun himself as he rises at the end of the
Yuga, proceeded hence, O monarch, to heaven.
That hero possessed of golden car, that grinder of
hostile hosts, having achieved mighty feats and slain
in thousands the warriors of the Pandava host in battle,
hath at last been himself slain by Dhrishtadyumna.
Having, in fact, slain more than two Akshauhinis of
brave and unreturning warriors, that hero endued with
intelligence, at last, attained to the highest state.
Indeed, O king, having achieved the most difficult
feats, he hath, at last, been slain by the Pandavas
and the Panchalas of cruel deeds. When the preceptor
was slain in battle, there arose in the welkin, O
monarch, a loud uproar of all creatures, as also of
all the troops. Resounding through heaven and
earth and the intermediate space and through the cardinal
and the subsidiary directions, the loud cry ’O
Fie!’—of creatures; was heard.
And the gods, the Pitris, and they that were his friends,
all beheld that mighty car-warrior, viz
son of Bharadwaja, thus slain. The Pandavas,
having won the victory, uttered leonine shouts.
And the earth trembled with those loud shouts of theirs.’”
“Dhritarashtra said, ’How did the Pandavas
and the Srinjayas slay Drona in battle,—Drona.
who was so accomplished in weapons amongst all wielders
of arms? Did his car break (in course of the fight)?
Did his bow break while he was striking (the foe)?
Or, was Drona careless at the time when he met with
his death-blow? How, indeed, O child, could Prishata’s
son, (viz., Dhrishtadyumna) the prince of the Panchalas,
slay that hero incapable of being humiliated by enemies,
who scattered thick showers of shafts furnished with
wings of gold, and who was endued with great lightness
of hand, that foremost of Brahmanas, who was accomplished