The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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those relatives of thine by marriage, viz., Vrishaka and Achala, struck Partha very severely, like Vritra or Vala striking Indra of old.  Of unfailing aim, these two princes of Gandhara, themselves unhurt, began once more to strike the son of Pandu, like the two months of summer afflicting the world with sweat-producing rays.[57] Then Arjuna slew those princes and tigers among men, viz., Vrishaka and Achala, staying on one car side by side, with, O monarch, a single arrow.  Then those mighty-armed heroes, with red eyes and looking like lions, those uterine brothers having similar features, together fell down from that car.  And their bodies, dear to friends, falling down upon the earth, lay there, spreading sacred fame all around.

“Beholding their brave and unretreating maternal uncles thus slain by Arjuna, thy sons, O monarch, rained many weapons upon him.  Sakuni also, conversant with a hundred different kinds of illusions, seeing his brothers slain, created illusions for confounding the two Krishnas.  Then clubs, and iron balls, and rocks and Sataghnis and darts, and maces, and spiked bludgeons, and scimitars, and lances, mallets, axes, and Kampanas, and swords, and nails, and short clubs, and battle-axes, and razors, and arrows with sharp broad heads, and Nalikas, and calf-tooth headed shafts, and arrows having bony heads and discs and snake-headed shafts, and spears, and diverse other kinds of weapons, fell upon Arjuna from all sides.  And asses, and camels, and buffaloes, and tigers, and lions, and deer, and leopards, and bears, and wolves and vultures, and monkeys, and various reptiles, and diverse cannibals, and swarms of crows, all hungry, and excited with rage, ran towards Arjuna.  Then Dhananjaya, the son of Kunti, that hero conversant with celestial weapons, shooting clouds of arrows, assailed them all.  And assailed by that hero with those excellent and strong shafts, they uttered loud cries and fell down deprived of life.  Then a thick darkness appeared and covered Arjuna’s car, and from within that gloom harsh voices rebuked Arjuna.  The latter, however, by means of the weapons called Jyotishka, dispelled that thick and awful darkness.  When that darkness was dispelled frightful waves of water appeared.  For drying up those waters, Arjuna applied the weapon called Aditya.  And in consequence of that weapon, the waters were almost dried up.  These diverse illusions, repeatedly created by Sauvala, Arjuna destroyed speedily by means of the force of his weapons, laughing the while.  Upon all his illusions being destroyed, afflicted with Arjuna’s shafts and unmanned by fear, Sakuni fled away, aided by his fleet, steeds, like a vulgar wretch.  Then Arjuna, acquainted with all weapons, showing his enemies the exceeding lightness of his hands, showered upon the Kaurava host clouds of arrows.  That host of thy son, thus slaughtered by Partha, became divided into two streams like the current of Ganga when impeded by a mountain. 

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