The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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on that account had become exceedingly cheerless, fled from the field, armed with his mace.  Then Bhimasena of great prowess, filled with wrath, pursued him and discovered him within the waters of the Dwaipayana lake.  With the remnant of their army, the Pandavas surrounded the lake and, filled with joy, encountered Duryodhana concealed within the waters.  Their wordy shafts, penetrating through the waters, pierced Duryodhana.  Rising up from the lake, the latter approached the Pandavas, armed with his mace, desirous of battle.  Then, in the great battle that ensued, the royal son of Dhritarashtra was slain by Bhimasena who put forth his great prowess, in the presence of many kings.  After this the remnant of the Pandava army, as it slept in the camp, was slaughtered at night time by Drona’s son who was unable to put up with the slaughter of his father (at the hands of Dhrishtadyumna).  Their sons slain, their forces slain, only the five sons of Pandu are alive with myself and Yuyudhana.  With Kripa and the Bhoja prince Kritavarman, the son of Drona represents the unslain remnant of the Kaurava army.  Dhritarashtra’s son Yuyutsu also escaped slaughter in consequence of his having adopted the side of the Pandavas.  Upon the slaughter of the Kaurava king (Suyodhana) with all his followers and allies, Vidura and Sanjaya have come to the presence of king Yudhishthira the just.  Even thus did that battle occur, O lord, for eight and ten days.  Many kings of Earth, slain therein, have ascended to Heaven.’

“Vaisampayana continued, ’The Vrishnis, as they heard, O king, that dreadful account became filled with grief and sorrow and pain.’


“Vaisampayana said, ’After the high-souled Vasudeva of great prowess had finished his narration of the great battle of the Bharatas before his sire, it was plain that that hero had passed over the slaughter of Abhimanyu.  The motive of the high-souled one was that his sire might not hear what was highly unpleasant to him.  Indeed, the intelligent Krishna did not wish that his sire Vasudeva should, on hearing the dreadful intelligence of the death of his daughter’s son, be afflicted with sorrow and grief. (His sister) Subhadra, noticing that the slaughter of her son had not been mentioned, addressed her brother, saying,—­Do thou narrate the death of my son, O Krishna—­and fell down on the earth (in a swoon).  Vasudeva beheld his daughter fallen on the ground.  As soon as he saw this, he also fell down, deprived of his senses by grief. (Regaining his senses) Vasudeva, afflicted with grief at the death of his daughter’s son, O king, addressed Krishna, saying, ’O lotus-eyed one, thou art famed on Earth for being truthful in speech.  Why, however, O slayer of foes, dost thou not tell me today of the death of my daughter’s son?  O puissant one, tell me in detail of the slaughter of thy sister’s son.  Possessed of eyes resembling thine, alas, how was he slain in

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