The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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Dhananjaya, glad as he was in beholding the valour of Dhritavarman, did not take his life.  While, however, Partha of immeasurable energy fought mildly with him without wishing to take his life, Dhritavarman shot a blazing arrow at him.  Deeply pierced in the hand by that arrow, Vijaya became stupefied and his bow Gandiva fell down on the Earth from his relaxed grasp.  The form of that bow, O king, when it fell from the grasp of Arjuna, resembled, O Bharata, that of the bow of Indra (that is seen in the welkin after a shower).  When that great and celestial bow fell down, O monarch, Dhritavarman laughed loudly in battle.  At this, Jishnu, excited with rage, wiped the blood from his hand and once more taking up his bow, showered a perfect downpour of arrows.  Then a loud and confused noise arose, filling the welkin and touching the very heavens as it were, from diverse creatures who applauded that feat of Dhananjaya.  Beholding Jishnu inflamed with rage and looking like Yama himself as he appears at the end of the Yuga, the Trigarta warriors hastily surrounded him, rushing from their posts and desirous of rescuing Dhritavarman.  Seeing himself surrounded by his foes, Arjuna became more angry than before.  He then quickly despatched eight and ten of their foremost warriors with many shafts of hard iron that resembled the arrows of the great Indra himself.  The Trigarta warriors then began to fly.  Seeing them retreat, Dhananjaya, with great speed, shot many shafts at them that resembled wrathful snakes of virulent poison, and laughed aloud.  The mighty car-warriors of the Trigartas, with dispirited hearts, fled in all directions, exceedingly afflicted by Dhananjaya with his arrows.  They then addressed that tiger among men, that slayer of the Samsaptaka host (on the field of Kurukshetra), saying, ’We are your slaves.  We yield to thee.[190] Do thou command us, O Partha.  Lo, we wait here as the most docile of thy servants.  O delighter of the Kurus, we shall execute all thy commands.’  Hearing these words expressive of their submission, Dhananjaya, said unto them, ‘Do ye, O kings, save your lives, and accept my dominion.’”


“Vaisampayana said, ’That foremost of steeds then proceeded to the realm of Pragjyotisha and began to wander there.  At this, Bhagadatta’s son, who was exceedingly valorous in battle, came out (for encountering Arjuna).  King Vajradatta, O chief of the Bharatas, finding the (sacrificial) steed arrived within his realm, fought (for detaining it).  The royal son of Bhagadatta, issuing out of his city, afflicted the steed that was coming (and seizing it), marched back towards his own place.  Marking this, the mighty-armed chief of the Kuru race, speedily stretched his Gandiva, and suddenly rushed towards his foe.  Stupefied by the shafts sped from Gandiva, the heroic son of Bhagadatta, letting off loose the steed, fled from Partha.[191] Once more entering his capital, that foremost of kings, irresistible

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