Chapter 68 Mankind’s Biggest War Fifth Day
“I feel like a shipwrecked man trying to swim his way to safety in a raging sea. In this sea of sadness, I will undoubtedly drown.”
Dhritarashtra would sob, unable to take his sorrow, whenever Sanjaya recounted the events of the important fight.
He declared, “Bhima will kill all my sons.” “I don’t think anyone in our army has the strength to keep my sons from dying. When our army fled in fright, did Bhishma, Drona, Kripa, and Aswatthama stand by unconcerned? What exactly is their strategy? How and when will they assist Duryodhana? How will my boys avoid being destroyed?”
The ancient, blind monarch sobbed very much as he said this.
King, keep your composure, Sanjaya said. “The power of a righteous cause supports the Pandavas. So they triumph. Although your boys are valiant, they have evil ideas. As a result, they are not lucky. They have greatly harmed the Pandavas, and now they are paying for their transgressions. By using charms or magic incantations, the Pandavas are not succeeding. They are engaging in combat in accordance with kshatriyan custom. They are powerful because their cause is just. You received advice from friends, but you disregarded it. I, Vidura, Bhishma, Drona, and others attempted to stop you from continuing on your foolish path, but you refused to budge. You stubbornly refused to heed our advise, which could have saved your people, choosing instead to follow the wishes of your misguided son, much like a sick person who is dumb enough to refuse to take harsh medicine. You are now in trouble. The exact question that you are asking me now was posed to Bhishma by Duryodhana last night. The identical response was provided by Bhishma as well as mine.”
The fourth day’s nightfall saw the end of the combat, and Duryodhana walked by himself to Bhishma’s tent. He bowed humbly and said: “Grandsire, everyone is aware of your status as a brave fighter. Drona, Kripa, Aswatthama, Kritavarma, Sudakshin, Bhurisravas, Vikarna, and Bhagadatta are similarly affected. These veterans don’t fear death. There is no question that these great fighters possess boundless skill, just like you. No one of the Pandavas can overcome you on their own. What is the explanation behind the everyday humiliation our army suffers at the hands of Kunti’s sons?”
Bhishma answered: “Prince, pay attention. On every occasion, I have provided you advise and let you know what is best for you. However, you have consistently disregarded the advice of your elders. I’ll say it again: it’s preferable if you make peace with Pandu’s sons. That is the only path that should be taken, both for your own and the sake of the planet. You all may enjoy this enormous land as your own since you are members of the same royal family. I advised you to do this, but you disobeyed it and gravely mistreated the Pandavas. As a result, you are now experiencing the consequences. Krishna personally guards the Pandavas. How then can you expect to win? Making peace is still possible right now, and doing so will help you control your kingdom by turning your mighty brothers, the Pandavas, into allies rather than foes. If you disrespect Dhananjaya and Krishna, who are none other than Nara and Narayana, you will face destruction.”
Duryodhana left and went to his tent, but he had trouble falling asleep.
The following morning, the conflict was renewed. The Kaurava armies were organised by Bhishma into a powerful unit. For the Pandava army, Dhrishtadyumna likewise acted. As usual, Bhima was at the front of the advancing lines. And with the assistance of other generals, Sikhandin, Dhrishtadyumna, and Satyaki stood in behind, carefully protecting the main body.
The twin brothers and Dharmaputra held the back. Bhishma released his shafts while bending his bow. The onslaught of the grandsire caused the Pandava army enormous harm.
When Dhananjaya noticed this, he replied by hurling ferocious shafts at Bhishma. As is his usual, Duryodhana went to Drona and protested vehemently.
Drona sternly reprimanded him: “You talk without understanding, stubborn prince. You don’t know the power of the Pandavas. We are working hard.”
Satyaki, who was defending against Drona’s strong onslaught on the Pandava army, was overwhelmed by it, and Bhima shifted his focus to Drona. The conflict intensified further. Together, Drona, Bhishma, and Salya attacked Bhima.
Sikhandin assisted Bhima by dousing Bhishma in arrows. The moment Sikhandin entered the room, Bhishma looked aside. Sikhandin was born a female, and according to Bhishma’s moral code, he was not allowed to assault a woman.
In the end, it was determined that the identical objection was what killed Bhishma. Drona viciously fought Sikhandin and forced him to retreat when he noticed Bhishma turning away.
The fifth day’s morning was dominated by a bloody struggle that lasted the entire time. Duryodhana dispatched a sizable force to confront Satyaki in the afternoon. However, Satyaki fully demolished it before moving on to assault Bhurisravas.
Adversary Bhurisravas forced Satyaki’s warriors into battle and exerted such intense pressure on Satyaki that he became distressed.
The 10 sons of Satyaki wanted to relieve their father of his suffering by mounting an offensive against Bhurisravas, but Bhurisravas was unfazed by their size and resisted the united assault, refusing to be moved. They were all killed and left sprawled across the field like so many towering trees hit by lightning as his well-aimed darts snapped their weapons. Satyaki moved quickly to kill Bhurisravas as he was consumed with fury and despair.
The two warriors’ chariots collided with one another and broke apart.
The soldiers engaged in frantic single combat while standing face to face with sword and shield. Then, Bhima arrived and dragged Satyaki into his chariot before fleeing. Since Bhima was aware of Bhurisravas’ unmatched swordsmanship, he did not want Satyaki to be killed.
That nighttime, Arjuna slew hundreds of warriors. The warriors whom Duryodhana sent to fight him died like moths in a fire. The princes of the Pandava army gathered Arjuna and greeted him with raucous yells of awe and victory as the sun set and Bhishma gave orders to stop fighting.
The weary horses and elephants also retreated to camp with the opposing armies.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
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