Chapter 66 The Mankind’s Biggest War’s Third Day
The third day began with Bhishma leading his army in eagle formation while Duryodhana and his soldiers guarded the rear. The Kauravas were confident that there would be no accident for them that day because such great care had been taken over every detail.
The Pandavas skillfully arranged their own armies. In order to more effectively counter the enemy’s eagle formation, Dhananjaya and Dhrishtadyumna chose to organise their army into a crescent shape.
Bhima and Arjuna were commanding their respective divisions on the right and left horns of the crescent, respectively. The conflict started. Blood poured from every weapon at once, and the sun was obscured by the dust that chariots, horses, and elephants had generated. Despite the might of Dhananjaya’s onslaught, the adversary held strong. The Kauravas launched a counterattack, focusing on Arjuna’s location. Other projectiles, like javelins, spears, and forked lightning, also soared through the air.
Arjuna’s chariot was enveloped by the shafts like a massive cloud of locusts. But using arrows shot from his renowned bow in an endless stream, he erected a moving fortress around his chariot with incredible dexterity.
Another time, Sakuni commanded a sizable army in an assault against Satyaki and Abhimanyu. Satyaki’s chariot was destroyed, forcing him to climb atop Abhimanyu’s, and they then engaged in combat from the same chariot. They were successful in decimating Sakuni’s army. While Nakula and Sahadeva joined their brother in resisting Drona’s offensive, Drona and Bhishma together attacked the Dharmaputra division.
In the fight that day, Bhima and his son Ghatotkacha assaulted Duryodhana’s division, with the boy seemingly outperforming his great father in bravery.
Duryodhana was struck by Bhima’s arrows and collapsed in his chariot. His charioteer swiftly accelerated the chariot out of the area. If the Kaurava soldiers learned that the prince was hurt, he worried that they would become wholly demoralised. However, even this shift led to a lot of uncertainty. Bhimasena made the most of the situation and caused chaos among the Kaurava soldiers that were fleeing.
When Drona and Bhishma noticed the discomfort and disarray in the Kaurava army, they promptly rose to the occasion and restored faith. Duryodhana was once more seen commanding the reunited armies after they had been dispersed.
“How can you watch while our warriors are dispersed and forced into ignominious flight, Duryodhana asked the grandsire? You treat the Pandavas far too nicely, I worry. Why didn’t you come out out and say that you loved the Pandavas and couldn’t harm or kill Dhrishtadyumna and Satyaki since they were your friends? You need to have made clear what your attitude was to me. These males can’t possibly compare to you. And if you were so inclined, you could simply handle them. It would be great if you and Drona informed me straight away what you think about the situation right now.”
Duryodhana’s harsh speech was a result of his disappointment at his defeat and his knowing that his grandsire disapproved of his conduct. However, Bhishma only grinned and remarked: “Wasn’t my advise to you rather direct? When you chose to go to war, you disregarded that advise. I attempted to stop the conflict from happening, but now that it has, I am doing all in my power to carry out my obligations to you. Being an old man, I’m doing all in my power.”
The grandsire then continued his work after saying as much. The happy Pandavas were now a little reckless because the morning’s turn of events had been so favourable to them. They did not anticipate Bhishma to gather his troops and launch another attack on them. However, the grandsire blazed over the field like a destructive fire after being pricked by Duryodhana’s criticisms. He gathered his troops and launched the fiercest assault against the Pandava army yet. The latter believed that the grandsire had multiplied into multiple battling Bhishmas at various stages. His moves that afternoon were quite quick.
Those who disagreed with him were killed and died in the flames like months.
The Pandava army was completely dispersed after being severely damaged. Sikhandin, Partha, and Vasudeva made valiant attempts to regain confidence and order but were unsuccessful.
“Dhanjaya, the moment is now,” said Krishna. Maintain your will to carry out your obligation to kill Bhishma, Drona, and all the other friends, family members, and revered seniors in combat without wavering. You made a commitment to it, and now it is up to you to follow through. Otherwise, there is no saving our troops. Now you have to go after the grandsire.”
“Keep going,” Arjuna advised.
The grandsire greeted Dhananjaya’s chariot with a fiery greeting and covered it with his arrows as it raced toward Bhishma.
The grandsire’s bow was broken by three shafts that Arjuna fired after bending his bow. Bhishma chose a different bow, but it suffered the same fate. When the grandsire observed Arjuna’s proficiency with a bow, his heart was filled with joy. The grandsire praised the valiant warrior while drawing another bow and firing shafts towards Arjuna’s chariot with pinpoint accuracy.
The manner Arjuna responded to the assault did not please Krishna. The grandsire’s bow was actively drawing blood. However, Arjuna’s heart was not in it, therefore his hands did not give it their all. He had too high of an opinion of his great grandson. Krishna believed that if Arjuna continued in this manner, the army, which was already severely disheartened, would be completely decimated and all would be lost.
Despite Krishna’s deft handling of the chariot, Bhishma’s arrows repeatedly struck both him and Arjuna.
Krishna’s (Janardana’s) rage increased. “Arjuna, I can no longer take this. If you don’t kill Bhishma, I’ll do it myself! “He yelled, dropping the reins, picking up his discus and leaping out of the chariot, he raced over to Bhishma.
Bhishma wasn’t at all bothered by this. On the contrary, overwhelming ecstasy filled his face. He cried, “Come, come, Oh Lotus-eyed One!”
“You have my respect, Madhava. Have you indeed descended from the chariot for my benefit, Bhagwan of the World? I extend my life to you. If I are slaughtered by you, I shall be honoured in the three worlds. Give that to me, please. I pray that you would remove this life from me and keep me for all time.”
When Arjuna saw this, he was upset. He descended quickly and pursued Krishna. He overtook him with much effort and pleaded with Krishna to turn around.
“Please don’t lose patience with me. If you stop, I’ll stop flinching “He stated this and convinced Krishna to come back. Krishna was once more holding the reins of the chariot.
Furiously attacking the Kaurava troops, Arjuna killed thousands of people. The third day’s nightfall saw a crushing setback for the Kauravas. They spoke to one another as they made their way back to their camps under torchlight “Who is Arjuna’s match? The fact that he won makes no weird noises.” That day, Arjuna’s skill was very amazing.
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