The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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obtain thou without delay the fruit[69] of the robbery of other people’s possessions, wrathfulness, of thy hatred of peace, of avarice, of ignorance, of hostilities (with kinsmen), of injustice and persecution, of depriving my sires—­those fierce bowmen—­of their kingdom, and of thy own fierce temper.  I shall today chastise thee with my arrows in the sight of the whole army.  Today, I shall in battle disburden myself of that wrath which I cherish against thee.  I shall today free myself of the debt I owe to angry Krishna and to my sire who always craveth for an opportunity to chastise thee.  O Kaurava, today I shall free myself of the debt I owe to Bhima.  With life thou shalt not escape me, if indeed, thou dost not abandon the battle.’  Having said these words, that mighty-armed warrior, that slayer of hostile heroes, aimed a shaft endued with the splendour of Yama or of Agni or of the Wind-god, capable of despatching Duhsasana to the other world.  Quickly approaching Duhsasana’s bosom, that shaft fell upon his shoulder-joint and penetrated into his body up to the very wings, like a snake into an ant-hill.  And soon Abhimanyu once more struck him with five and twenty arrows whose touch resembled that of fire, and which were sped from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch, Deeply pierced and greatly pained, Duhsasana, sat down on the terrace of his car and was, O king, overtaken by a swoon.  Afflicted thus by the arrows of Subhadra’s son and deprived of his senses, Duhsasana. was speedily borne away from the midst of the fight by his charioteer.  Beholding this, the Pandavas, the five sons of Draupadi, Virata, the Panchalas, and the Kekayas, uttered leonine shouts.  And the troops of the Pandavas, filled with joy, caused diverse kinds of musical instruments to be beat and blown.  Beholding that feat of Subhadra’s son they laughed with joy.  Seeing that implacable and proud foe of theirs thus vanquished, those mighty car-warriors, viz., the (five) sons of Draupadi, who had on their banners the images of Yama and Maruta and Sakra and the twin Aswins, and Satyaki, and Chekitana, and Dhrishtadyumna, and Sikhandin, and the Kekayas, and Dhrishtaketu, and the Matsyas, Panchalas, and the Srinjayas, and the Pandavas headed by Yudhishthira, were filled with joy.  And all of them rushed with speed, desirous of piercing Drona’s array.  Then a dreadful battle took place between the warriors and those of the foe, All of them were unretreating heroes, and inspired by desire of victory.  During the progress of that dreadful encounter, Duryodhana, O monarch, addressing the son of Radha, said, ’Behold, the heroic Duhsasana, who resembleth the scorching sun who was hitherto slaying the foe in battle, hath at last himself succumbed to Abhimanyu.  The Pandavas also, filled with rage and looking fierce like mighty lions, are rushing towards us, desirous of rescuing the son of Subhadra.’  Thus addressed, Karna with rage and desirous of doing good to thy son, rained
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