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dara, with groat speed, cut off, with a couple of razor-headed
arrows, tho bow and the standard of thy son. With another
winged arrow he pierced his antagonist's forehead and then
(with a fourth) cut off from his trunk the head of the latter's
driver. 33 Prince Duscasana, taking up another bow, pierced
Vrikodara with a dozen shafts. Himself holding the reins of
his steeds, he once more poured over Bhima a shower of straight)


arrows. 8 * Then DuscSsana sped a shaft bright as the rays of

the Sun, decked with gold, diamonds, and other precious gems,
capable of piercing the body of his assailant, and irresistible
as the stroke of Indra's thunder.* 1 His body pierced there-
with, Vrikodara fell, with languid limbs and like one deprived
of life and with outstretched arms, upon his own excellent car.
Recovering his senses, however, he began to roar like a lion.' " S5

Section LXXXIII.

"Sanjaya said, — Fighting fiercely, prince Duscasana achiev-
ed the most difficult feats in that encounter. With a single
shaft he cut off Bhima's bow, ami then with six shafts ha
pierced his foe's driver. 1 Having achieved those feats, the
prince, endued with great activity, pierced Bhima himself
with nine shafts. Indeed, the high-soulcd warrior, without
losing a moment, then pierced Bhimasena with many shafts
of great energy. 8 Filled with rage at this, Bhimasena, en-
dued with great activity, sped at thy son a fierce dart. Be-
holding that terrible dart impetuously coursing towards him
like a blazing brand, thy high-souled son cut it off with ten
shafts shot from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch. 8 * Seeing
that difficult feat achieved by him, all the warriors, filled with
joy, applauded him highly. Thy son then once more pierced
Bhima deeply with another shaft.* Blazing with wrath at
sight of Duscasana, Bhima then addressed him, saying, —
Pierced I have been, O hero, quickly and deeply, by thee !
Bear now, however, once more, the stroke of my mace ! s —
Having said this, the enraged Bhima took up that terrible
mace of his for Duscasana>'s slaughter. Once more addressing
him, he said, — thou of wicked soul, I shall today drink thy
blood on the field of battle ! 6 — Thus addressed, thy son sped,
at Bhima with great force a. fierce dart resembling Death itself.
Bhima also, his form filled with wrath, whirled his terrible
mace and hurled it at his antagonist. 7 That mace, precipitately
breaking Duseasana's dart, struck thy son on his head. In-

* A triplet in the Bengal texts.— T.


deed, perspiring like an elephant with juicy secretions trickling
adown his body, Bhima, in that dreadful battle, hurled his
mace at the prince. 8 With that weapon, Bhimasena forcibly
threw Duseasana down from his car at a distance measured by
the length of ten bows. Struck with that impetuous mace,
Duseasana, thrown down on the ground, began to tremble.*
All his steeds also, king, were slain, and his car too was
reduced to atoms by that falling weapon. As regards DusQiisana
himself, his armour and ornaments and attire and garlands were
ail displaced, and he began to writhe, afflicted with agony. 10
Endued with great activity, Bhimasena then recollected, in the
midst of that terrible battle and standing as he did amid many
forem >sfc warriors of the Kuru army, all the acts of hostility (done
towards the Pandivas) by thy sons. 11 The mighty-armed Bhima
of inconceivable feats, king, beholding Duseasana (in that
plight), and recoil ;cting the seizure of Draupadi's tresses and her
disrobement while she was ill, 12 — indeed, the innocent Bhima,
reflecting also upon the diverse other wrongs inflicted on that
princess while her husbands sat with faces turned away from
the scene, — blazed up in wrath like fire fed with libations of
clarified butter.* 13 Addressing Kama and Suyodhana and
Kripa and Drona's son and Kritavarman, he said, — Today I
shall slay the wretched Duscasana ! Let all the warriors
protect him ( if they can ) ! l * — Having said this, Bhima of
exceeding strength and great activity suddenly rushed, from
desire of slaying Duscasana. 15 Like a lion of fierce impetu-
osity rushing towards a mighty elephant, Vrikodara, that fore-
most of heroes, rushed towards Duseasana in that battle and
attacked him in the very sight of Suyodhana and Kama.
Jumping down from his car, he alighted on the ground, and
fixed his eyes steadfastly on his fallen foe. 16 Drawing then
his whetted sword of keen edge, and trembling with rage, he
placed his foot upon the throat of Dusrasana, and ripping open
the breast of his enemy stretched on the ground, quaffed his
warm life-blood. 17 Then throwing him down and cutting off,
O king, with that sword, the head of thy son, Bhima of

' Prasikta, lit. : dreucbed with.— T.


great intelligence, desirous of accomplishing his vow, again
quaffed his enemy's blood, little by little as if for enjoying its
taste. Then looking at him with wrathful eyes, he said these
■words : 18 " 19 — I regard the taste of this blood of my enemy to be
superior to that of my mother's milk, or honey, or clarified
butter, or good wine that is prepared from honey, or excellent
water, or milk, or curds, or skimmed milk, or all other kinds
of drink there are on Earth that are sweet as ambrosia or
nectar I"" 21 — Once more, Bhima of fierce deeds, his heart filled
with wrath, beholding Duscasana dead, laughed softly and
said, — What more can I do to thee ? Death has rescued thee
from my hands ! 22 — They, O king, that saw Bhimasena, while
the latter, filled with joy at having quaffed the blood of his
foe, was uttering those words and stalking on the field of
battle, fell down in fear. 28 They that did not fall down at
the sight, saw their weapons drop from their hands. Manv,
from fear, cried out feebly and looked at Bhima with half-
shut eyes. 24 Indeed, all those that stood around Bhima and
beheld him drink the blood of Dusgasana, fled away, over-
whelmed with fear, and saying unto one another, — This one
id no human being / 2S — When Bhima had assumed that form,
people, beholding him quaff his enemy's blood, fled away, with
Chitrasena, saving unto one another, — This Bhima mast be a
lldlcshasa /" — Then the (PanchaJa) prince Yudhamanyu, at
the head of his troops, fearlessly pursued the retreating Chitra-
sena and pierced him with seven keen shafts quickly sped
one after another. 27 At this, like a trampled snake of great
energy repeatedly darting out his tongue and desirous of vomit-
ing its poison, Chitrasena turned back and pierced the Pan-
chaia prince with three shafts and his driver with six.* 8 The
brave Yudhamanyu then struck off his enemy's head with a
shift equipt with goodly wings and an exceedingly keen point
and sped with great care from his bow drawn to its fullest
stretch. 89 Upon the fall of his brother Chitrasena, Kama,
filled with wrath and displaying his prowess, put the Pandava
host to flight, at which Nakula rushed against that warrior of
immeasurable energy." Bhima also, having slain there (at the
v;ry sighlj ox Kama) the vindictive D-usciisanaj took up a little



quantity of his blood, and endued as he was with stentorian
lungs, said these words in the hearing of all those foremost
of heroes of the world : 31 — O wretch among men, here I drink
thy life-blood from thy throat ! Filled with joy, abuse us once
more, saying, — beast, beast, — (as thou didst before) ! 32 — And he
continued, — They that danced at us then, saying, — beast, beast,
— even we will dance at them now, repeating their own words ! 33
Our sleep at the palace at Pvamanakoti, the administration
of deadly poison to our food, the bites of black cobras, the
setting fire to the house of lac, 34 the robbing of our kingdom
by gambling, our exile in the woods, the cruel seizure of Drau-
padi's beautiful tresses, 3 * the strokes of shafts and weapons in
battle, our miseries at home, the other kinds of sufferings
we endured at Virata's abode, 36 — all these woes borne by us
through the counsels of Cakuni and Duryodhana and Radha's
son, proceeded from thee as their cause ! 37 Through the
wickedness of Dhritarashtra and his son, we have endured all
these woes ! Happiness has never been ours ! 38 — Having said
these words, O king, the victorious Vrikodara, once more
spoke these words unto Kecava and Arjuna. 39 Indeed, bathed
in blood, with blood flowing from his wounds, with face ex-
ceedingly red, filled with great wrath, Bhimasena endued with
great activity, said these words : — Ye heroes, that which I had
vowed in respect of Dusc^sana in battle, I have accomplished
today l 40 I will soon accomplish my other vow by slaying
that second beast, viz., Duryodhana, in this sacrifice of battle !
Striking the head of that wicked-souled one with my foot in
the presence of the Kauravas, I shall obtain peace ! 41 — Having
said these words, Bhima, filled with great joy, drenched with
blood, uttered loud shouts, even as the mighty and high-souled-
Jndra of a thousand eyes had roared after slaying (the Asura)
Vritra.' " a

Section LXXXIV.

"Sanjaya said,— 'After the slaughter of DuscHsana, O king,
ten of thy sons, heroes that never retreated from battle, all
of whom were great car- warriors, endued with mighty energy,


and filled with t.ho poison of wrath, shrouded Bhima with
their shafts.* 1 Nishangin, and Kavachin, and Pagin, and
Dundadhara, and Dhanurgraha, and Alolupa, and Saha, and
Shanda, and Yatavega, and Suvarchasas, 3 these ten, afflicted
at the slaughter of their brother, united together and check-
ed the might}' armed Bhimasena with their shafts. 8 Resisted
on all sides with their shafts by those great car- warriors,
Bhima, with eyes red as fire with fury, looked resplendent
like the Destroyer himself in rage. 4 Piirtha, however, with ten
broad-headed shafts of great impetuosity, equipt with golden
wings, despatched to Yama's abode those ten Bharata princes
decked with golden bracelets. 5 Upon the fall of those ten
heroes, thy army fled away in the very sight of the Suta's
son, afflicted with the fear of the Piindavas.* Then, O king,
a great fear entered the heart of Kama at sight of Bhima's
prowess which resembled that of the Destroyer himself unto
living creatures. 7 Then Calya, that ornament of assemblies,
understanding the state of Kama's mind from a survey of
his features, addressed that chastiser of foes in words suited
to the hour : 8 — Do not be grieved, son of Riidha ! This
does not become thee ! Afflicted with the fear of Bhimasena,
these kings are all flying away ! 9 Exceedingly pained by the
calamity that has befallen his brother Duscasana in conse-
quence of his blood having been quaffed by the high-souled
Bhima, Duryodhana is stupified ! 10 Kripa and others, and
those of the king's brothers that are still alive, with afflicted
hearts, their rage quelled by sorrow, are tending Duryodhana,
sitting around him. 11 Those hero?s, viz., the Piindavas of
sure aim, headed by Dhananjaya, arc advancing against thee
for buttle '" For these reasons, tiger among men, muster-
ing all thy prowess and keeping the duties of a Kshatriya
before thy eycs : proceed against Dhananjaya! 13 The entire
burthen (of this battle) has been placed upon thee by the son
of Dhritarashtra ! thou of mighty arms, bear that burthen
to the best of thy p >wer and might M * Jn victory there will
I be great fame ! In defeat, heaven is certain ! 11 There, I )

• A triplet in the Bengal texts.


son of Radha, th) 7 son Vrishasena, filled with wrath at sight
of the stupefaction that has overwhelmed thee, is rushing
towards the Pandavas ! 16 — Hearing these words of Calya of
immeasurable energy, Kama, reflecting, concluded unalterably
that fighting had become unavoidable. 17 Then Vrishasena,
filled with wrath, and riding upon his own car, rushed towards
that son of Pandu, viz., Vrikodara, who, armed with his maco,
resembled the Destroyer himself with his fatal rod, and was
employed in slaughtering thy troops. 18 That foremost of heroes,
viz., Nakula, filled with wrath, rushed at that enemy, of theirs,
viz., Kama's son, striking him with arrows, like the victorious
Maghavat with joyous heart rushing against (the Asuva)
Jambha. 19 Then the brave Nakula, with a razor-headed shaft,
cut off his enemy's standard decked with gems. With a
broad-headed arrow, he next cut off the bow also of Kama's
son, with a golden belt attached to it. 20 Possessed of mighty
weapons, Kama's son then, desirous of showing his regard
for Duscasana, quickly took up another bow, and pierced
Nakula the son of Pandu with many mighty celestial weapons. 21
The high-souled Nakula then, filled with rage, pierced his
antagonist with shafts that resembled large blazing brands.
At this, Kama's son also, accomplished in weapons, showered
celestial Aveapons upon Nakula. 82 From rage engendered by
the strokes of his enemy's weapons, as also from his own res-
plendence and the energy of his weapons, the son of Kama
blazed up like a fire fed with libations of clarified butter. 2 *
Indeed, O king, Kama's son then slew with his excellent
weapons the beautiful steeds of the delicate Nakula, that were of
the Vanayu breed, white in hue, and decked with trappings of
gold. 2 * Alighting then from his steedless vehicle, and taking
up a bright shield decked with golden moons, and armed also
with a sword that was blue as the sky, Nakula, frequently
jumping up, careered there like a bird. zs Performing diverse
beautiful evolutions in the air, the son of Pandu cut off many
foremost of men and steeds and elephants. Cut off with that
sword, they fell down on the Earth like animals cut off in a
horse-sacrifice by the person appointed to that duty. 26 Two
thousand well-trained heroes, delighting in battle, hailing from


diverse realms, well-paid, of sure aim, and fcheir limbs smeared
with excellent sandal-pas fce, were quickly cut off by the single-
handed Nakula inspired with desire of victory." Then Kama's
son, suddenly advancing with great speed against the rushing
Nakula in that battle, pierced him from every side with many
keen arrows from desire of slaying him. 28 Thus struck with
shafts (by Vrishascna), Nakula struck his brave antagonist
in return. Pierced by the son of Pandu, Vrishasena became
filled with wrath. Protected, however, in that dreadful battle,
by his brother Bhima, the high-souled Nakula achieved such
terrible feats on that occasion." Filled with rage, the son of
Kama then pierced with eighteen shafts the heroic Nakula
who seemed to sport in that battle, while employed, unaided,
in destroying the foremost of men and steeds and elephants. 9-
Deeply pierced by Vrishasena in that battle, O king, Pandu'a
son Nakula, that foremost of men, endued with great activity,
became filled with rage and rushed in that encounter against
the son of Kama from desire of slaying him. 81 Then Vrisha-
sena poured showers of keen shafts upon Nakula of great
energy as the latter precipitately advanced against him in
that battle like a hawk with outstretched wings from desire
of meat. 82 Baffling, however, his antagonist's showers of
shafts, Nakula careered in diverse beautiful motions. Then
Kama's son, O king, in that dreadful battle, cut off, with his
mighty shafts, the shield, decked with a thousand stars, of
Nakula while he was careering with great activity in those
beautiful motions. 33 Without losing a moment, that resistor
of foes, (viz., Vrishasena,) with half a dozen sharp razor-
headed shafts, then cut off that naked sword, polished and
keen-edged, made of steel, capable of bearing a great strain
and of destroying the bodies of all foes, and terrible and fierce
as the poison of the snake, of Nakula while he was whirling it
rapidly. After this, Vrishasena deeply pierced his antagonist
in the centre of his chest with some well-tempered and keon
shafts. 54 " 25 Having achieved those feats in battle that were
applauded by all noble persons and that could not bo achieved
by other men, the high-souled Nakula of great activity, afflict-
ed with those shafts, proceeded to the car, king, of Bhima-

[22 mahabitarata,

sena. 8t The steedless son of Madri, thus afflicted by Kama's
son, sprang upon Bhima's car like a lion springing upon a
mountain summit, in the sight of Dhananjaya." The high-
soulcd and heroic Vrishascna then, filled with wrath, poured
his arrowy showers upon there two mighty car-warriors for
piercing those two sens of Pandu. 33 After the destruction of
that car belonging to the son of Pandu (viz., Nakula,) and
after his sword also had been speedily cut off with (Vrisha-
sena's) shafts, many other foremost of Kuru heroes, uniting
together, approached the Pandava brothers, and began to strike
them with showers of shafts. 39 Then those two sons of Pandit,
viz., Bhima and Arjuna, filled with wrath, and resembling
two fires fed with libations of clarified butter, poured terrible
showers of arrows upon Vrisbasena and the other assembled
warriors around him. 40 The son of the Wind-god then, ad-
dressing Phalguna, said, — Behold, Nakula here is being afflict-
ed i The son of Kama is resisting ourselves ! Proceed, there-
fore, against Kama's son ! 41 — Hearing these words, the diadem-
decked (Arjuna) approached the car of his brother Vrikodara.
Beholding that hero arrived near, Nakula addressed him, say-
ing, — Do thou speedily slay this one I* 9 — Thus addressed in
that battle by his brother Nakula standing before him, the dia-
dem-decked Arjuna, that formidable hero, precipitately caused
his ape-bannered vehicle, guided by Kecava himself, to be
driven towards Vrishasena.' " 4S

Section LXXXV.

"Sanjaya said, — 'Learning that Nakula had been deprived
of his car, afflicted with arrows and mangled with the weapons
of Kama's son, and had his shafts, bow, and sword cut off,
these eleven formidable resisters of all foes, viz., the five
heroic sons of Drupada, the grandson of Cini forming the
sixth, and the five sons of Draupadi, quickly proceeded on
their loud-sounding cars drawn by bounding steeds, with
banners waving in the air, and guided by accomplished drivers.
Those well-armed warriors began to destroy thy elephants and
cars and men and steeds with shafts that resembled formidable


Snakes. 1 "' Then llridikii's son and Kripa and Drona's son and
Duryodhana and Cukuni's son and Vrika and Ivratha and
Deviivridha, — theso foremost of Kanrava car-warriors, — speedi-
ly proceeded against, them, armed with their bows and mounted
upon their cars of rattle deep as the roar of elephants or the
clouds. 8 These Kaurava warriors, assailing those foremost of
men and first of car-warriors, viz., those eleven heroes (of the
Pandava army), king, with the mightiest of shafts, checked
their progress. At this, the Kulindas, riding upon their elephant-:
of impetuous speed that looked like mountain summits and that
were of the hue of newly-risen clouds, advanced against those
Kaurava heroes.* Wcll-equipt, and covered with gold, those
infuriate elephants, born in Himalayan regions and ridden by
accomplished warriors longing for battle, looked resplendent
like clouds in the welkin, charged with lightning.' The prince
of the Kulindas then vigorously assailed Kripa and his driver
and steeds, with ten shafts made wholly of iron. Struck (in
return) with the shafts of Caradwat's son, the prince fell down
with his elephant on the ground. 5 The younger brother of
that prince then, assailing Kripa's car with a number of lances
made wholly of iron and all bright as the rays of the Sun,
littered loud roars. The ruler of the Gandharas, however, cut
off the head of that warrior while still uttering those roars. 7
Upon the fall of those Kulindas, those mighty car-warriors
of thy army, filled with joy, blew their sea born conchs, and,
armed with bows, rushed against their enemies. 8 The battle
then that once more took place between the Kurus on the one
side and the Pandus and the Srinjayas on the other, with
arrows and scimitars and darts and swords and maces and
battle-axes, became fierce and awful and exceedingly destruc-
tive of men and steeds and elephants. 9 Car- warriors and steeds
and elephants and foot, striking one another, fell down on
the ground, making the field of battle look like the welkin
when congregated mases of clouds charged with lightning and
producing incessant peals of thunder are assailed by fierce
winds from all sides. 10 Then the chief of the Bhojas struck
the huge elephants, the car- warriors, the innumerable foot,
and the horse under Catanika, Struck with KritaYarmaus


shafts, these soon fell down on the ground. 11 About this
time, struck with Acwatthaman's shafts, three huge elephants
cquipt with all kinds of weapons, ridden by accomplished
■warriors, and adorned with lofty standards, fell down lifeless
on the ground like gigantic cliffs riven by thunder. 12 Then
the third brother of tho Kulinda chief assailed thy son Duryo-
dhana with some excellent shafts in the centre of the chest.
Thy son, however, pierced him as also his elephant with many
whetted shafts. 18 That prince of elephants then, with the
prince on his back, fell down, with streams of blood issuing
from every part of his body, like a mountain of red chalk in
the season of rains, with red streams running adown its breast,
tumbling down when riven by the thunder of Cachi's lord. 1 ^
The Kulinda prince, however, having saved himself in time,
rode another elephant. Urged by the prince, that animal
assailed Kratha with his driver and steeds and car. Pierced,
however, with Kratha's shafts, that elephant, with its rider,
fell down like a thunder-riven hill. 1 * The ruler of the Krathas,
that invincible car- warrior, however, struck with shafts by
the prince born on the mountains from the back of another
elephant, fell down with his steeds, driver, bow, and standard,
like a mighty tree uprooted by the tempest.' 6 Then Vrika
deeply pierced with a dozen shafts that prince having his
abode on the Himavat as he stood on his elephant. The
huge beast quickly crushed with his four legs (the Kaurava
warrior) Vrika with his steeds and car. 17 That prince of
elephants then, with its rider, deeply pierced by the son of
Vabhru, advanced impetuously against the latter. Vabhru's
son, however, that prince of the Magadhas, afflicted with
arrows by Sahadeva's son, fell down. 18 The prince of the
Kulindas then, with that elephant of his which was capable
of slaying the foremost of warriors with its tusks and body,
rushed impetuously towards Cakuni for slaying him. The
mountaineer succeeded in afflicting Cakuni greatly. Soon,
however, the chief of the Gandharas cut off his head. 13 About
this time huge elephants and steeds and car- warriors and large
hands of foot, struck by Catanika, fell down on the Earth,
paralysed and crushed, like snakes beat by the tempest caused


by Garuda's wings. 80 Then a Kulinda warrior (on the Kau-
rava side), smiling the while, pierced Catanika the son of
Nakula with many whetted arrows. Nakula's son, however,
with a razor-headed arrow, cut off from his antagonist's trunk
his head resembling a lotus. 21 Then Kama's son pierced Cata-
nika with three arrows made wholly of iron and Arjuna also
with as many. And he pierced Bhima with three arrows and
Nakula with seven, and Janarddana with a dozen. 82 Behold-
ing that feat of Vrishasena, that achiever of superhuman feats,
the Kauravas became rilled with joy and applauded him greatly.
They, however, that were conversant with Dhananjaya's prow-
ess, regarded Vrishasena as a libation already poured on the
fire. 28 The diadem-decked Arjuna then, that slayer of hostile
heroes, seeing Madri's son Nakula, that foremost of men,
deprived of his steeds in the midst of all, and beholding
Janarddana mangled with arrows, rushed in that battle against
Vrishasena who was then staying in front of the Suta's son
(Kama)" Like Namuchi rushing against Indra, Kama's son,
that great car-warrior, also rushed, in that battle, against that
fierce and foremost of men, viz., Arjuna, that warrior possess-
ing thousands of arrows, as the latter advanced towards him. 2 '
Unsupported by any one, the high-souled son of Kama, quickly
piercing Partha with a shaft in that battle, uttered a loud
shout, like Namuchi in days of old after having pierced Indra. 28
Once more Vrishasena pierced Partha in the left arm-pit with

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