Chapter 76 Duryodhana Almost Captured Yudhishthira on Eleventh Day
Duryodhana watched as Drona took control of the Kaurava soldiers.
In council, Karna and Duhsasana came to a decision. And Duryodhana travelled to Dronacharya to activate it.
“We want you, Acharya, to find Yudhishthira alive and deliver him to us. Nothing more, not even a complete triumph, is what we seek. If you do this for us, we will all be incredibly happy with how you have handled the battle.”
Drona was extremely happy to hear Duryodhana refer to him in this way since he detested the entire thought of killing the Pandava brothers. The acharya adored the sons of Kunti, especially the virtuous Yudhishthira, despite the fact that he had to join the Kaurava side in battle against the Pandavas to fulfil his duty.
He was so very glad to hear Duryodhana ask for Yudhishthira to be caught alive.
The acharya said, “Duryodhana, may you be blessed!” “Do you also intend not to murder Yudhishthira? How it makes me happy! Yudhishthira is undoubtedly a person without enemies, and your wise choice has vindicated the name Ajatasatru that Kunti’s eldest son has been given by the populace. When even you have made up your mind that he should not be slain but should be seized alive, his incomparable splendour has become 10 times increased.”
“I see, dear Duryodhana, what you plan,” Drona said. “You intend to vanquish the Pandavas in war and then give them their part in the kingdom and live in peace and amity with them. I know this plainly from your desire to catch Yudhishthira alive.”
Drona was incredibly joyful and repeated: “Yudhishthira is undoubtedly the luckiest man alive. Kunti’s good son is receiving benefits from the gods. He has so won even even his opponents’ hearts.” However, Yudhishthira’s capture was desired by Duryodhana for very other reasons.
And as soon as Drona agreed to his request and promised to use all of his resources to apprehend Yudhishthira, he started to explain his true motivations. Nothing would be achieved if Yudhishthira were killed, and the Pandavas’ rage would be amplified. More ferociously than ever, the conflict would flare. And Duryodhana well aware that it would only result in his army’s complete annihilation.
Krishna would still be alive and would give either Draupadi or Kunti exclusive control of the kingdom, even if the battle raged unabatedly until both armies were wiped out. Why then did Yudhishthira need to be killed? On the other hand, Duryodhana reasoned that the Kauravas would win the war more quickly and decisively if Yudhishthira were to be captured alive.
Then, he could undoubtedly capitalise on Yudhishthira’s goodwill and his adherence to the orthodox kshatriya code of conduct. He may very well be dragged back into the dice game and banished back to the woods at any moment. Duryodhana had learned after ten days of war that more conflict would only lead to the extinction of the race rather than the satisfaction of his aspirations.
The acharya was deeply unhappy and vowed to curse Duryodhana when he revealed his intentions to Drona. Whatever the cause, he was happy that Yudhishthira wouldn’t be put to death. Their spies informed the Pandava army that Drona had informed Duryodhana solemnly that he would take Yudhishthir as a prisoner.
The Pandavas understood that the acharya’s unmatched excellence in the art of battle and his bravery made it a very serious matter when he was decided on anything and provided his committed word for carrying it out. As a result, they quickly set to work and organised their soldiers to ensure that Yudhishthira never went alone. Whenever they moved, they always made sure to leave enough security in case Yudhishthira was attacked unexpectedly.
The acharya abundantly displayed his remarkable ability and vigour throughout the first day’s fight under Drona’s command. The Pandava soldiers were destroyed as he walked around, burning them up like dry logs in a fire. The Pandava army was struck by Drona’s fast motions, which gave the impression that he was everywhere at once, raining arrows down and transforming the battlefield into a stage for the dance of the God of Death. Where Dhrishtadyumna was, he split the Pandava army in half.
There were a lot of solo battles between famous warriors. Sahadeva and Sakuni, who was expert in illusion warfare, engaged in a ferocious struggle. They dismounted from their chariots as they crashed to the earth. They then engaged in single combat, striking each other with maces like two hills that had sprung to life and were in motion.
There was a fierce combat between Bhima and Vivimsati during which both sides’ chariots were destroyed. Salya bullied and battled with his nephew Nakula excessively, always grinning in a provocative manner. However, Salya ultimately had his chariot destroyed and his flag pulled down, and he withdrew, conceding defeat.
There was a duel between Kripacharya and Dhrishtaketu, and the latter came out on top.
Virata and Karna, as well as Satyaki and Kritavarma, engaged in violent combat. Abhimanyu’s bravery was also shown when he defeated Paurava, Kritavarma, Jayadratha, and Salya by himself.
Then Salya and Bhimasena engaged in a fierce battle, which ended with Salya losing and being forced to retire. When the Pandava army noticed that the Kaurava troops were starting to lose their spirit, it attacked them with fresh vigour and tore apart their ranks.
When Drona noticed this, he made the decision to lead a direct assault on Yudhishthira in an effort to boost morale. Four excellent Sindhu horses pulled his golden chariot as it moved toward Yudhishthira. With eagle feather-tipped barbed arrows, Yudhishthira responded. Drona did not care, though, and moved forward quickly. Drona was rapidly approaching while Yudhishthira’s bow was being destroyed.
Dhrishtadyumna unsuccessfully attempted to stop Drona. “Yudhishthira has been seized!” was screamed by the entire army. Drona came so close.
The earth rumbled beneath Arjuna’s chariot as it raced fast through the bloody field, over the bones and dead laying in heaps. Arjuna then abruptly emerged on the battlefield. Drona refrained since Arjuna had arrived on the scene. There was a steady flow of arrows coming from his Gandiva bow. Nobody could observe the arrows being removed from the quiver or positioning them. It appeared as though a never-ending rain of arrows was released without pause from the large bow. The soaring rockets cast a shadow across the battlefield.
Drona backed off. No one took Yudhishthira. The Kaurava warriors returned to their camp in a chastened tone after the combat was called off for the day.
The Pandava army triumphantly marched to camp, followed by Arjuna and Krishna having a conversation. The eleventh day of the conflict had thus concluded.
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