it with a thick net-work of arrows and confounding
the very sense (of those that followed Drona).
Incessantly placing his arrows on the bow-string and
quickly shooting them, none could notice any lapse
of time between these two acts of the renowned son
of Kunti. Neither (four cardinal) directions,
nor the firmament above, nor the earth, O king, could
any longer be distinguished, for everything then became
one dense mass of arrows. Indeed, O king, when
the wielder of Gandiva caused that thick darkness by
means of his arrows, nothing could be seen in that
battle. Just then the sun also set, enveloped
with a dusty cloud. Neither friend nor foe could
any longer be distinguished. Then Drona and Duryodhana
and others caused the withdrawal of their troops.
And ascertaining the foe to be inspired with fear
and unwilling to continue the fight, Vibhatsu also
slowly caused his troops to be withdrawn. Then
the Pandavas and the Srinjayas and the Panchalas,
filled with joy, praised Partha with delightful speeches
like the Rishis praising the Sun. Having vanquished
his foes thus, Dhananjaya then, filled with joy, retired
to his tent, proceeding in the rear of the whole army,
with Kesava as his companion. And stationed on
his beautiful car decked with the costliest specimens
of sapphires and rubies and gold and silver and diamonds
and corals and crystals, the son of Pandu looked resplendent
like the moon in the firmament bespangled with stars.’”
“Sanjaya said, ’The troops of both the
armies, having proceeded to their tents, duly took
up their quarters, O king, according to the divisions
and the sub-divisions to which they belonged.
Having withdrawn the troops, Drona, in great cheerlessness
of mind, beholding Duryodhana, said these words in
shame: ’I told thee before that when Dhananjaya
is by Yudhishthira, he is incapable of being seized
in battle by the very gods. Although all of you
fell upon him in battle, yet Partha frustrated all
your attempts. Do not doubt what I say, Krishna
and Pandu’s son (Arjuna) are invincible.
If, however, Arjuna of white steeds can, by any means,
be withdrawn (from Yudhishthira’s side), then
Yudhishthira, O king, shall soon come under thy control.
Let some one challenging him (Arjuna) in battle draw
him away to some other part of the field. The
son of Kunti will not return without vanquishing him.
Meanwhile, when Arjuna will not be by, O monarch,
I will seize king Yudhishthira the just, penetrating
through the Pandava host in the very sight of Dhrishtadyumna.
Thus, O monarch, I will, without doubt, bring Yudhishthira,
the son of Dharma, along with his followers, under
control. If that son of Pandu stays even for
a moment before me in battle, I will bring him a captive
from the field. That feat will be more advantageous
than victory (over the Pandava army).’