Chapter 65 The Earth’s Biggest War’s Second Day
After doing poorly on the first day of combat, The Pandava army, The Generalissimo, Dhrishtadyumna, came up with strategies to prevent a recurrence. The army was meticulously arranged on the second day, and every effort was made to inspire confidence.
Due to his triumph on the first day, Duryodhana became arrogant and stepped in the middle of his army to address his soldiers.
“Heroes in armour, our triumph is guaranteed, he roared. Fight without regard for life.”
Bhishma’s Kaurava army once again attacked the Pandava soldiers fiercely, breaking their formation, and slaughtering many of them.
Arjuna stated as he turned to face Krishna, his charioteer: “Our army will soon be completely decimated by the grandsire if we keep acting in this manner. I fear we will not be able to preserve our troops until we kill Bhishma.”
“Dhananjaya, prepare yourself. There is the chariot of the grandsire,” Krishna responded and accelerated directly in his direction.
The chariot moved forward quickly. The challenge was welcomed by the grandfather, who dispatched his shafts. Duryodhana had commanded his guards to guard the grandsire with the utmost caution and to never allow him put himself in danger.
As a result, all of the soldiers fighting for the grandsire immediately intervened and assaulted Arjuna, who continued to fight unfazed.
It was commonly known that only three men on the Kaurava side had a chance of defeating Arjuna: Bhishma, Drona, and Karna, the grandsire. The soldiers who had interfered in favour of Bhishma were easily dispatched by Arjuna.
The way he used his powerful bow on this particular occasion won the respect of all the distinguished generals in the army. His chariot moved so quickly that the eye strained to follow it as it tore through the ranks of the enemy like forked lightning.
As Duryodhana witnessed this battle, his heart was racing. His faith in the great Bhishma started to wane.
“Son of Ganga, it appears that Arjuna and Krishna would decimate our whole army even if you and Drona are still alive and engaged in combat. Duryodhana stated. Because of you, Karna, who has the greatest dedication and commitment to me, withdraws and refuses to defend me. I worry that I’ll be tricked and that you won’t act soon to kill Phalguna (Arjuna).”
The gods descended to observe Bhishma and Arjuna’s battle. These two were among the world’s best fighters. White horses pulled both chariots.
There were innumerable arrows flying from both sides. Shafts collided in the air, and occasionally a projectile from the grandfather struck Arjuna’s and Madhava’s breast (Krishna). And as the blood flowed, Madhava became even more stunning, standing like a palasa tree covered with crimson blossoms in full bloom.
When Arjuna saw his beloved charioteer hit, his rage increased, and he drew out his bow and fired carefully-aimed arrows at the grandsire. The conflict waged for a considerable amount of time between equal opponents.
It was impossible to pinpoint Arjuna’s and Bhishma’s whereabouts due to the chariots’ close proximity to one another and rapid manoeuvres.
It was only possible to discern the flag.
While this magnificent act of war skills were being played out in one area of the field, Drona and Dhrishtadyumna, the brother of Draupadi and the son of the Panchala monarch, were engaged in a furious combat nearby.
Dhrishtadyumna was severely hurt by Drona’s vicious attack. But the latter responded in kind, shooting arrows and other projectiles at Drona while grinning venomously.
Drona skillfully defended himself. With his arrows, he deflected the hefty maces and sharp missiles that were thrown at him, breaking them to bits even as they flew through the air.
Dhrishtadyumna’s bow frequently broke when Drona’s arrows struck it. The charioteer of the Panchala ruler was murdered by one of Drona’s arrows. Dhrishtadyumna then grabbed a mace and sprang off the chariot to go on foot.
The mace was destroyed by an arrow that Drona fired. Then Dhrishtadyumna pulled out his sword and charged forward like a lion charging an elephant. But Drona once more rendered him incapable of moving on.
As soon as Bhima realised the Panchala’s situation, he shot Drona with a hail of arrows and drove Dhrishtadyumna to safety on his chariot.
Upon observing this, Duryodhana despatched the Kalinga army to battle Bhimasena. The Kalinga warriors were massacred in large numbers by Bhima. He stalked his adversaries and brought them to the ground like Death itself. The damage was so intense that it caused the entire army to quake in terror.
Bhishma arrived to relieve the Kalingas when he witnessed this. Bhima was supported by Satyaki, Abhimanyu, and other warriors who rose up. When one of Satyaki’s shafts struck Bhishma’s charioteer, the horses ran out of control, dragging Bhishma away from the battlefield.
When Bhishma’s chariot rushed off of the field in this manner, the Pandava army went into a frenzy of excitement. They profited from the circumstance and launched a ferocious assault on the Kaurava force.
Arjuna’s bravery-filled actions caused the Kaurava army to lose the war that day by a significant margin. The excitement of the Kaurava army generals from the day before had completely vanished, and they were quite upset.
The conflict of the day will conclude at dusk, and they anxiously anticipated that moment. Bhishma said to Drona as the sun set in the west: “We should probably cease fighting right now. Our army is worn out and discouraged.”
Dhananjaya and other Pandava supporters cheered as they arrived back at their camp with bands playing. The Kauravas were in the same frame of mind as the Pandavas were the previous evening at the conclusion of the second day of combat.
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