The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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bore away heroes (to the other world).  And blood and flesh constituted its mire.  And elephants formed its crocodiles, and standards, the trees (on its banks).  Thousands of Kshatriyas sank in it.  Fierce, clogged (dead) bodies, and having horse-soldiers and elephant-warriors for its sharks, it was extremely difficult to cross it.  And that river ran towards the abode of Yama.  And it abounded with Rakshasas and dogs and jackals.  And it v as haunted by fierce cannibals all around.

“Then many Pandava warriors, headed by Kunti’s son, rushing at Drona, that mighty car-warrior consuming their divisions like Death himself, surrounded him on all sides.  Indeed, those brave warriors completely encompassed Drona who was scorching everything around him like the sun himself scorching the world with his rays.  Then the kings and the princes of thy army, with upraised weapons, all rushed for supporting that hero and great bowman.  Then Sikhandin pierced Drona with five straight arrows.  And Kshatradharman pierced him with twenty arrows, and Vasudeva with five.  And Uttamaujas pierced him with three arrows, and Kshatradeva with five.  And Satyaki pierced him in that battle with a hundred arrows, and Yudhamanyu with eight.  And Yudhishthira pierced Drona with a dozen shafts, and Dhrishtadyumna pierced him with ten, and Chekitana with three.  Then Drona, of unbaffled aim and resembling an elephant with rent temples, getting over the car-division (of the Pandavas), overthrew Dridhasena.  Approaching then king Kshema who was battling fearlessly, he struck him with nine arrows.  Thereupon, Kshema, deprived of life, fell down from his car.  Getting then into the midst of the (hostile) troops, he careered in all directions, protecting others, but himself in no need of Protection.  He then pierced Sikhandin with twelve arrows, and Uttamaujas with twenty.  And he despatched Vasudeva with a broad-headed arrow to the abode of Yama.  And he pierced Kshemavarman with eighty arrows, and Sudakshina with six and twenty.  And he felled Kshatradeva with a broad-headed arrow from his niche in the car.  And having pierced Yudhamanyu with sixty-four arrows and Satyaki with thirty, Drona, of the golden car, quickly approached Yudhishthira.  Then Yudhishthira, that best of kings, quickly fled away from the preceptor, borne by his fleet steeds.  Then Panchala rushed at Drona.  Drona slew the prince, cutting off his bow, and felling his steeds and charioteer along with him.  Deprived of life, the prince fell down on the earth from his car, like a luminary loosened from the firmament.  Upon the fall of that illustrious prince of the Panchalas, loud cries were heard thereof, ‘Slay Drona, Slay Drona!’ The mighty Drona then began to crush and mangle the Panchalas, the Matsyas, the Kaikeyas, the Srinjayas, and the Pandavas, all excited with rage.  And supported by the Kurus, Drona, then vanquished Satyaki and Chekitana’s son, and Senavindu, and Suvarchas, all these and numerous other kings.  Thy warriors, O king, having obtained the victory in that great battle, slew the Pandavas as they flew away in all directions.  And the Panchalas, the Kaikeyas and the Matsyas, thus slaughtered on all sides like the Danavas by Indra, began to tremble (with fear).’”

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