The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Sanjaya said, ’Beholding his army routed by Subhadra’s son of immeasurable energy, Duryodhana, filled with rage, himself proceeded against the former.  Seeing the king turn back towards Subhadra’s son in battle, Drona, addressing all the (Kaurava) warriors, said, ’Rescue the king.[65] Before us, in our very sight, the valiant Abhimanyu is slaying all he aims at.  Rush ye, therefore, speedily against him, without fear and protect the Kuru king.’  Then many grateful and mighty warriors, having Duryodhana’s good at heart, and always graced with victory, inspired with fear, surrounded thy son.  And Drona, and Drona’s son, and Kripa and Karna and Kritavarman and Suvala’s son, Vrihadvala, and the ruler of the Madras, and Bhuri, and Bhurisravas, and Sala, and Paurava and Vrishasena, shooting sharp shafts, checked Subhadra’s son by means of those arrowy showers.  Confounding him with those showers of shafts, they rescued Duryodhana.  The son of Arjuna, however, brooked not that act of snatching a morsel from his mouth.  Covering those mighty car-warriors, their charioteers, and steeds with thick showers of arrows and causing them to turn back, the son of Subhadra uttered a leonine roar.  Hearing that roar of his, resembling that of a lion hungering after prey, these angry car-warriors, headed by Drona, brooked it not.  Encompassing him on all sides, O sire, with a large body of cars they shot at him showers of diverse kinds of arrows.  The grandson, however, cut them off in the welkin (before any of them could reach him) by means of sharp shafts, and then pierced all of them with his shafts.  That feat of his seemed exceedingly wonderful.  Provoked by him thus by means of those shafts of his that resembled snakes of virulent poison, they surrounded that unretreating son of Subhadra, desirous of slaying him.  That sea of (Kaurava) troops, however, O bull of Bharata’s race, the son of Arjuna singly held in check by means of his shafts, like the continent resisting the surging ocean.  And among those heroes thus fighting with and striking one another, viz., Abhimanyu and his man on one side and all those warriors together on the other, none turned back from the field.  In that dreadful and fierce battle, Duhsaha pierced Abhimanyu with nine shafts.  And Duhsasana pierced him with a dozen; and Saradwata’s son Kripa, with three.  And Drona pierced him with seventeen shafts, each resembling a snake of virulent poison.  And Vivinsati, pierced him with seventy shafts, and Kritavarman with seven.  And Vrihadvala pierced him with eight, and Aswatthaman with seven shafts.  And Bhurisrava pierced him with three shafts and the ruler of the Madras with six.  And Sakuni pierced him with two, and king Duryodhana with three shafts.  The valiant Abhimanyu, however, O king, seemingly dancing on his car, pierced each of those warriors in return with three shafts.  Then Abhimanyu, filled with rage in consequence of thy sons’ endeavouring to frighten him thus, displayed the wonderful strength

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