Chapter 77 Drona Almost Empowered Yudhishthira on Twelfth Day
Yudhishthira was unsuccessfully captured while still alive. About this, Drona was conversing with Duryodhana. “It is obvious that as long as Dhananjaya is around, our efforts to capture Yudhishthira would fail. No lack of interest on my side exists. I could breach the Pandava formations and seize Yudhishthira if, via some strategy, we could get Arjuna to leave the battlefield and go to another area. If he does not escape the combat, reneging on honour, I swear to grab him and give him to you. We definitely win if he does that, don’t we?”
When the Trigartadesa leader overheard Drona mention this, he and his brothers discussed it and came up with a strategy. They decided to take the samsaptaka pledge, confront Arjuna, and engage him in combat in an effort to sway him from Yudhishthira’s side. As a result, they collected in a sizable group, sat before the fire, clothed in matted grass, and performed burial rites for themselves as if they were already deceased before swearing allegiance to the following: “We won’t go back until we’ve murdered Dhananjaya. May we be punished as for a fatal sin if we run away from fight in terror!”
After preparing themselves in this manner in front of the holy fire, they marched towards the direction of Death, which was to the south, and said, “O Arjuna!” in order to challenge him to a duel.
It was a fantastic suicide squad set up to do what Drona had emphasised as being necessary. Yudhishthira was facing Arjuna when he addressed him as follows: “I’m being summoned to combat, King, by the Samsaptakas. I promise to accept any challenge subsequently rejected. I’m being summoned to combat by Susarma and his soldiers. I’ll annihilate them all and then go back. I’d like to leave.”
“Brother dear, you are aware of Drona’s motivations, remarked Yudhishthira. Don’t forget that, and act as you see fit. He has vowed to carry me out alive for Duryodhana. He is an unmatched warrior who is fearless, powerful, and adept in all aspects of archery. Nothing escapes his vigilant gaze and he is unaware of weariness.”
Arjuna answered, “King, here comes Satyajit, supporting you. “Nothing can happen to you as long as he is by you and alive.” After stating this, Arjuna ordered Panchala prince Satyajit to keep watch by Yudhishthira’s side before charging forth to confront the Samsaptakas like a ravenous lion.
“See the Trigartas standing there, Krishna, happy despite the intoxication of their pledge and the knowledge that they will perish. They are definitely giddy with excitement as the swarga draws closer.”
Arjuna then made his way toward the sizable samsaptaka army after speaking to his great charioteer.
The big battle’s twelfth day was this one. It was a bloody struggle. The Trigartas eventually succumbed to Arjuna’s onslaught and fell before him in large numbers, but Susarma reminded them of their commitment. “Heroes, we have sworn allegiance in front of the fire and in the presence of the entire warrior army. It is disgraceful to falter after making horrible promises. Let’s avoid being made fun of in public.” The Samsaptakas applauded their commander and confronted Arjuna with the supreme bravery of willing deaths.
“They are committed to fighting till the very end, Hrishikesa. Keep going, “Arjuna said.
In the epic battle between the gods and the asuras, Arjuna’s chariot, driven by Madhusudana (Krishna), drove like Indra’s automobile. Arjuna’s enormous bow, the Gandiva, dispersed death among the destined Trigartas wherever it went. Like the explosion of Palasa blooms in a springtime woodland, their company ranks suddenly erupted in blood. Fighting was intense. When the hail of arrows first began, Arjuna’s vehicle and flagpole were completely enveloped in darkness.
Krishna said, “Are you alive, Dhananjaya?”
Yes, Arjuna said, tugging the Gandiva’s cord to release shafts that cut off the arrow downpour. It resembled the dance of Rudra’s destruction. The area was filled with dismembered limbs and headless bodies, making for a horrifying sight.
Drona issued the command for a brutal assault on the Pandava soldiers at the spot where Yudhishthira stood while Arjuna went on to face the samsaptakas.
When Yudhishthira observed this motion, he addressed the Panchala prince Dhrishtadyumna, saying, “Brahmana is approaching to take me away. Vigilantly watch over the army.”
Drupada’s son approached Drona in his automobile rather than waiting for Drona to go ahead. Because he was aware that Dhrishtadyumna would eventually die at his hands even if it was not yet time, Dronacharya avoided him. After that, he manoeuvred his chariot in the opposite direction of where Drupada was advancing his troops.
Drona dealt harsh punishment to Drupada’s army, and the battlefield was covered with rivers of blood. Then Drona once again focused on Yudhishthira.
Drona’s onslaught were met with arrow showers from the Pandavas as they maintained their ground. When Satyajit charged Drona’s vehicle, there was a furious battle in which Drona’s form took on the ominous appearance of the Destroyer. He repeatedly killed several warriors. Both Satyajit and Vrika, a prince of Panchala, perished.
When Satanika, son of Virata, noticed this, he marched against Drona. The golden kundalas in Satanika’s earlobes shone as her dismembered skull slid on the ground.
Another chief, Ketama, pursued the attack but also perished. Then Vasudhana dashed forward to halt Drona’s onslaught, but he too died. The strong soldiers Yudhamanyu, Satyaki, Sikhandin, and Uttamaujas who came to force Drona back were repelled, and they all had to flee. Yudhishthira was now almost able to approach Drona.
An additional son of Drupada at the time, Panchalya, raced frantically up to the acharya and battled fiercely. But like a dying star, he too was terribly wounded and lost his footing. Then, in a joyful tone, Duryodhana exclaimed to Karna, “Radheya, do you recognise our powerful leader’s courage? The Pandavas will no longer be drawn to combat. Watch as Drona’s strikes cause their army to quake.”
Karna gave a head shake. Do not be too sure of yourself, he said. “The Pandavas are not to be taken down so easy. They won’t ever give up. Their mistreatment is too severe to be ignored. You made an attempt to poison and murder them. You attempted to set them on fire. At the dice game, you saddened and degraded them, and you drove them outside to spend many years in the forest. They won’t give up, they say. As you can see, their army has come together, and they are attacking Drona as a unit. Bhima, Satyaki, Yudhamanyu, Kshatradharma, Nakula, Uttamaujas, Drupada, Virata, and Sikhandin may be seen there. In an effort to defend Yudhishthira, Dhrishtaketu and other warriors are heavily pressuring Drona. Given that we have placed such a large weight on the acharya, we should not be passively watching. Despite how great he is, even he has a maximum burden he can handle. A powerful elephant may be harassed and killed even by wolves when they are around in huge numbers. Leaving Drona unassisted won’t do any longer.”
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