Chapter 64 Mankind’s Biggest War’s First Day of Battle
The armies of the Kaurava were commanded by Duhsasana, and those of the Pandavas were commanded by Bhimasena. The air was torn apart by the sounds of war. The sky rang with the cacophony of the conchs, kettledrums, trumpets, and horns.
Amidst the neighing of the horses and trumpeting of the charging elephants and lionroars from the warriors. In the air, arrows seemed to be flaming meteors. Uncles, nephews, and fathers killed one another, disregarding their familial connections and long-standing devotion. It was a horrific and insane massacre. The Pandava army was severely rattled on the morning of the first day of combat. Everywhere Bhishma’s chariot travelled, it resembled the destroyer’s dance. Because he could not stand it, Abhimanyu assaulted the grandsire. Thus, the gods came to see the battle between the eldest and the youngest warriors. The golden Karnikara tree was depicted on Abhimanyu’s banner, which was proudly waved by his chariot.
One of his arrows struck Kritavarma, and Salya was struck five times. Abhimanyu’s shafts struck Bhishma nine times in all. The charioteer for Durmukha was struck by a sword-edged arrow from Abhimanyu, and his severed head fell to the ground.
One more shattered Kripa’s bow. As the gods watched, Abhimanyu’s exploits poured down showers of flowers. Indeed, a worthy son of Dhananjaya! shouted Bhishma and the warrior standing by him.
The brave young man was then attacked by all of the Kaurava soldiers. He, however, opposed them all. All of the arrows that Bhishma fired were parried by him.
The grandsire’s palm tree flag was taken down by one of his precisely shot arrows. When Bhimasena realised this, he was ecstatic and let out a loud scream, which encouraged his brave nephew even more. The grandsire was quite happy to observe the little hero’s bravery.
Unwillingly, he was forced to confront the youngster with all of his might. The grandsire was assaulted by Virata, his son Uttara, Dhrishtadyumna, the son of Drupada, and Bhima as they arrived to rescue the young hero. The grandsire then turned his attention to them.
Son of Virata Uttara rode an elephant and launched a ferocious assault against Salya. After Salya’s chariot horses were killed by being crushed, he threw a javelin at Uttara. It struck him in the chest with precise precision.
He let go of the goad he was holding and collapsed to the ground. However, the elephant did not leave. It kept rushing until Salya severed its trunk and shot it many times with arrows. It then let out a loud yell before dying. Salya boarded Kritavarma’s vehicle.
Sveta, the son of Virata, witnessed Salya kill his younger sibling. His rage grew, like a fire fuelled by butter libations. And he headed Salya in his chariot. Salya received immediate help from seven chariot warriors who shielded him from all sides.
Sveta was doused in arrows as the rockets flew by like lightning in the skies. Sveta made a fantastic case for himself. He hacked down their javelins as they rushed towards him and parried their shafts with his own. The soldiers in both armies were astounded by Sveta’s prowess. Without further delay,
Duryodhana dispatched troops to Salya’s relief. Afterward, there was a fierce conflict. Numerous chariots were destroyed, horses and elephants were slaughtered, and thousands of warriors perished. After successfully forcing Duryodhana’s troops to flee, Sveta advanced and assaulted Bhishma.
Sveta took down Bhishma’s banner. In retaliation, Bhishma murdered Sveta’s charioteer and horses. After that, they continued to fight while hurling javelins at one another.
Sveta grabbed a mace and swung it towards Bhishma’s automobile, which was destroyed. However, the grandsire had foreseen it and leaped off before the mace even touched the chariot. From the ground, he raised the bowstring to his ear and shot Sveta with a lethal arrow. After being hit, Sveta died.
Duhsasana joyfully danced and blasted his horn. Bhishma then launched a massive assault on the Pandava army.
On the first day of the conflict, the Pandava army experienced severe losses. Duryodhana was ecstatic, while Dharmaputra was paralysed with fear. The brothers visited Krishna and held tense discussions with him.
“Do not be afraid, chief of the Bharatas, Krishna commanded Yudhishthira. You have brave brothers, thanks to God. Why should you give any doubts any thought? In addition to me, there is Satyaki, Virata, Drupada, and Dhrishtadyumna. What gives you cause to feel disappointed? Do you not remember that Sikhandin is waiting for Bhishma, his chosen victim?” Krishna consoled Yudhishthira in this way.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.
Keep a copy of Mahabharat at home and read it online at the HariBhakt website. Mahabharat is rightly called the fifth Veda for Kaliyuga people because it is a tool and guidance to invoke confidence and bravery in Sanatan Dharmi Hindus.
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