The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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all the sons of Pandu, endued though they are with terrible energy and prowess.’  Even this, O Bharata, was the boon he had solicited.  Thus prayed to that foremost of the deities said unto Jayadratha, ’O amiable one, I grant thee the boon.  Except Dhananjaya, the son of Pritha, thou shalt in battle check the four other sons of Pandu.’  ‘So be it,’ said Jayadratha unto that Lord of the gods and then awoke, O monarch, from his slumber.  In consequence of that boon which he had received and of the strength also of his celestial weapons, Jayadratha, single-handed, held in check the entire army of the Pandavas.  The twang of his bow-string and the slaps of his palms inspired the hostile Kshatriyas with fear, filling thy troops, at the same time with delight.  And the Kshatriyas (of the Kuru army), beholding that the burthen was taken up by the ruler of the Sindhus, rushed with loud shouts, O monarch, to that part of the field where Yudhishthira’s army was.’”


“Sanjaya said, ’Thou askest me, O monarch, about the prowess of the ruler of the Sindhus.  Listen to me as I describe in detail how he fought with the Pandavas.  Large steeds of the Sindhu breed, well-trained and fleet as the wind, and obedient to the commands of the charioteer, bore him (on that occasion).  His car, duly equipped, looked like a vapoury edifice in the welkin.  His standard bearing the device of a large boar in silver, looked exceedingly beautiful.  With his white umbrella and banners, and the yak-tails with which he was fanned—­which are regal indications—­he shone like the Moon himself in the firmament.  His car-fence made of iron was decked with pearls and diamonds and gems and gold.  And it looked resplendent like the firmament bespangled with luminous bodies.  Drawing his large bow and scattering countless shafts, he once more filled up that array in those places where openings had been made by the son of Arjuna.  And he pierced Satyaki with three arrows, and Vrikodara with eight; and having pierced Dhrishtadyumna. with sixty arrows, he pierced Drupada with five sharp ones, and Sikhandin with ten.  Piercing then the Kaikeyas with five and twenty arrows, Jayadratha pierced each of the five sons of Draupadi with three arrows.  And piercing Yudhishthira then with seventy arrows, the ruler of the Sindhus pierced the other heroes of the Pandava army with thick showers of shafts.  And that feat of his seemed exceedingly wonderful.  Then, O monarch, the valiant son of Dharma, aiming Jayadratha’s bow, cut it off with a polished and well-tempered shaft, smiling the while.  Within the twinkling, however, of the eye, the ruler of the Sindhus took up another bow and piercing Pratha (Yudhishthira) with ten arrows struck each of the others with three shafts.  Marking that lightness of hands showed by Jayadratha, Bhima then with three broad-headed shafts, quickly felled on the earth his bow, standard and umbrella. 

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