The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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car.  Various animals of terrible cries, and jackals of inauspicious sight, began to yell and howl on our right as we proceeded to battle.  Thousands of blazing meteors fell with great noise.  The whole earth trembled on that dreadful occasion.  Dry winds blew in all directions, accompanied by thunder, and driving bard pebbles and gravel when Kunti’s son came at the commencement of battle.  Then Nakula’s son, Satanika, and Dhrishtadyumna, the son of Pritha, those two warriors possessed of great wisdom, arrayed the several divisions of the Pandavas.  Then thy son Durmarshana, accompanied by a thousand cars, a hundred elephants, three thousand heroes, and ten thousand foot-soldiers, and covering a piece of ground that measured the length of fifteen hundred bows, took up his position at the very van of all the troops, and said:  ’Like the continent resisting the surging sea, even I will today resist the wielder of Gandiva, that scorcher of foes, that warrior who is irresistible in battle.  Let people today behold the wrathful Dhananjaya collide with me, like a mass of stone against another stony mass.  Ye car-warriors that are desirous of battle, stay ye (as witness).  Alone I will fight with all the Pandavas assembled together, for enhancing my honour and fame.  That high-souled and noble son of thine, that great bowman saying this, stood there surrounded by many great bowmen.  Then, like the Destroyer himself in wrath, or Vasava himself armed with the thunder, or Death’s irresistible self armed with his club and urged on by Time, or Mahadeva armed with the trident and incapable of being ruffled, or Varuna bearing his noise, or the blazing fire at the end of the Yuga risen for consuming the creation, the slayer of the Nivatakavachas inflamed with rage and swelling with might, the ever-victorious Jaya, devoted to truth and desirous of achieving his great vow, clad in mail and armed with sword, decked in golden diadem, adorned with garlands of swords of white flowers and attired in white robes, his arms decked with beautiful Angadas and ears with excellent ear-rings, mounted on his own foremost of cars, (the incarnate) Nara, accompanied by Narayana, shaking his Gandiva in battle, shone brilliantly like the risen sun.  And Dhananjaya of great prowess, placing his car, O king, at the very van of his army, where densest showers of arrows would fall, blew his conch.  Then Krishna also, O sire, fearlessly blew with great force his foremost of conchs called Panchajanya as Partha blew his.  And in consequence of the blare of the conchs, all the warriors in thy army, O monarch, trembled and became lost heart.  And their hair stood on end at that sound.  As an creatures are oppressed with fright at the sound of the thunder, even so did all thy warriors took fright at the blare of those conchs.  And all the animals ejected urine and excreta.  Thy whole army with its animals became filled with anxiety, O king, and in consequence of the blare of those (two) conchs, all men, O sire,
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