Story of the Mahabharata ||14||
1-3Agni said: The armies of Yudhisthira and Duryodhana went to Kurukshetra. Having seen Bhisma, Drona and others, (Arjuna said) that he would not fight with his preceptors. The Lord (Krishna) said to Partha (Arjuna), “You need not worry about Bhisma and prominent men. The bodies are perishable. But the soul does not perish. This soul is the supreme Brahman. You know that (by realizing that), ‘I am Brahman’. Being neutral towards success and defeat and as a yogin you protect the duties of a king.”
4-6Being told thus by Krishna, Arjuna fought (the battle). He sounded drums remaining in the chariot. Bhisma was the first commander for the army of Duryodhana. And Sikhandi (was the commander) for the Pandavas. There was a fight between these two armies. (The armies) of the son of Dhritarastra along with Bhisma killed the armies of Pandavas. The Pandavas in the company of Sikhandi and others killed (the army) of the sons of Dhritarastra. The battle between the armies of Kurus and Pandavas was similar (to the battle) between devas and asuras.
7-10It was (a cause) for the growth of delight of the devas in the heavens who were watching it. For ten days Bhisma destroyed the army of Pandavas with astras. On the tenth day Arjuna showered arrows on the valiant Bhisma. On the words of Drupada, Sikhandi showered astras just as a cloud would do. The elephants, horses, chariots and infantry were brought down by the astras (of the two armies) mutually. Bhisma, able to die at his own will, after having shown the mode of war and being told by the Vasus (a class of deities), was remaining in the bed of arrows awaiting to reach Vasuloka, and for the (commencement of the) summer solstice all the while remaining contemplating on Vishnu and praising Him.
11As Duryodhana was grief-stricken, Drona became the Commander. As the army of Pantjavas was jubilant, Dhrstadyumna (was made) the Commander.
12There was a fierce battle between the two which made the domain of Yama (the god of death) extensive. Virata, Drupada and others were drowned in the ocean of (arrows of) Drona.
13The huge army of Duryodhana (consisted of) elephant, horse, chariot and infantry. Drona became just like Kala (death himself) for the (army) headed by Dhrstadyumna.
14-15When it was proclaimed that Asvatthaman was killed, Drona abandoned his astras. Overcome by the arrow of Dhristadyumna he fell on the earth on the fifth day, (himself being) unassailable and after having killed many warriors. As Duryodhana was grief-stricken, Karna became the commander.
16And Arjuna (became the commander) of the Pandava forces. There was combat between them, between weapons and weapons, very fierce and resembling a war between devas and asuras.
17In the war known as the Karnarjuna, Karna killed the enemies with his arrows. On the second day, Karna was killed by Arjuna.
18Salya fought for a day and Yudhisthira killed him. Suyodhana (Duryodhana), whose army had been destroyed, fought with Bhimasena.
19Having killed many men (in their army) (he) challenged Bhimasena. Bhimasena killed him, who was attacking with the mace.
20-21(Bhimasena) killed his brothers with his mace. On that eighteenth day, in the night, the very strong Asvatthaman killed the sleeping army of Pandavas of the extent of an ashauhini the Pancalas and the sons of Draupadi. He also killed Dhristadyumna.
22Then Arjuna seized his crest-jewel with an arrow (and gave it) to that Draupadi who had lost her sons and was lamenting.
23Hari (Krishna) revived (all of them) who were burnt by the arrows of Asvatthaman. That embryo of Uttara became a king (known as) Parikshit.
24Kritavarman, Kripa and Drauni (son of Drona) (Asvatthaman) survived in the battle. The five Pandavas, Satyaki and Krishna survived and none else.
25-26Then that Yudhisthira having pacified the grief- stricken women, in the company of Bhima and others, having done the obsequies for the killed warriors and having offered waters and money and after having heard the peace-yielding dharmas, the royal duties, dharma relating to final emancipation,, dharma relating to charity, became a king.
27The destroyer of his enemy (Yudhisthira) gave away charities to the brahmins at the Asvamedha (sacrifice). Having heard about the destruction of Yadavas caused by the club and having installed Pariksit in the kingdom, (he) reached heavens along with the brothers.