Mahabharat Chapter 78 Bhagadatta's Heroism and His Brave Elephant

Chapter 78

Bhagadatta’s Heroism and His Brave Elephant

Drona made several unsuccessful efforts to capture Yudhishthira.

Against Bhima, Duryodhana commanded a sizable elephant division. With well placed arrows, Bhima protected himself from his chariot.
He sent forth shafts with crescent heads, tore down Duryodhana’s banner, and destroyed his bow while it was still in his grasp. The Mlechchha king Anga marched against Bhimasena while mounted on a massive elephant after witnessing the monarch being tormented in this way. However, Bhima dispatched arrows that killed the Mlechchha monarch and brought down the elephant, dispersing that part of the Kaurava soldiers in panic and disarray. Thousands of foot soldiers were crushed under the elephants and horses’ feet as they stampeded in fear, sending them flying in a frenzied frenzy.

The king of Pragjyotisha, the valiant Bhagadatta, became enraged upon seeing this extreme chaos and the dispersion of the Kaurava soldiers in all directions. He mounted Supratika, his legendary elephant, and charged against Bhimasena.

The enormous beast, which was charging ahead and colliding with Bhimasena’s chariot, had wide-spread ears and a whirling trunk. The horses and the truck turned into an indistinguishable mass in an instant. However, Bhima jumped from the car just in time to escape. He was an expert in elephants. He drew closer to the large, ferocious elephant and rained blows on its critical organs. The large animal became enraged and spun around like a potter’s wheel, trying to knock Bhimasena off of its legs as he attacked it from underneath.

It stooped down, grabbed Bhima by the trunk, and was about to crush him between its knees when Vrikodara managed to break free. He then retreated down, wedged himself in between the elephant’s limbs, and caused the animal excruciating anguish. As a result, Bhima was buying himself some extra time in the hopes that some elephant on the Pandava side would be persuaded to attack Bhagadatta’s elephant so that he could escape. However, the troops believed Bhima had been killed when he vanished from view while he was concealed between the beast’s legs. They shouted: “Bhima is no more. Bhimasena has been destroyed by Bhagadatta’s elephant!” and Kurukshetra as a whole heard the cry repeated.

When Yudhishthira heard the cries, he assumed Bhima had been killed and ordered the troops to kill Bhagadatta. Bhagadatta was attacked by the king of Dasarna. Supratika engaged in a furious struggle with Dasarna’s elephant, which was also a fearsome animal. However, Dasarna’s beast was punctured by Supratika’s tusk in the side, and it died as it fell.

Bhima suddenly appeared from beneath Supratika and rushed away unharmed. When they saw Bhima alive, the Pandava army rejoiced.

Bhagadatta was currently under attack from all sides, yet he remained courageous. He radiated like a hilltop forest fire while resplendent atop his elephant. He rode his beast atop Satyaki’s chariot while ignoring the foes in his immediate vicinity. With its powerful trunk, the elephant grabbed the chariot, lifted it high, and flipped it over. Satyaki managed to save himself by leaping off the chariot.

After righting the chariot and saving both the horses and the vehicle, his charioteer drove the chariot to where Satyaki was standing. The Pandava army was severely damaged by Bhagadatta’s elephant, which terrorised everyone it encountered while tossing fighters around and murdering them in vast numbers.

When Indra battled the asuras on Airavata, Bhagadatta stood on that animal’s back.

The gigantic beast tore into the Pandava army, trampling on innumerable horses, chariots, and men with its trunk stretched and ears rigidly wide out in wrath. The arrows that were thrown at it appeared to enrage it even more.

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Bhagadatta led the warriors of the Pandava army in front of him like a herdsman in the jungle herding the cattle to where he pleased. Bhimasena continued his assault on Bhagadatta after arming himself with a chariot once again.

The horses of Bhima’s chariot bolted in a frenzied flight and the charioteer was unable to control them when the elephant extended out its trunk and let out a tremendous shower of mucus.

From the field where this fierce elephant conflict took place, a huge cloud of dust erupted.

Arjuna heard the commotion caused by Bhagadatta’s elephant as well as saw it from where he was battling the Samsaptakas. He expressed to Krishna his worry that anything had gone wrong “This is Supratika, Bhagadatta’s elephant, crying, Madhusudana. This Pragjyotisha monarch is dreadful while using his elephant and is unmatched in that kind of conflict. He will undoubtedly fail and stump our mans. We must act immediately to avert disaster. We have dealt these samsaptakas enough punishment. Go where Drona is battling Yudhishthira by driving there” Krishna directed the chariot towards the direction of the main front of combat.

“Halt, stop,” yelled Susarma and his siblings as they approached the chariot from behind. They launched shafts at Arjuna’s chariot at the same time.
Arjuna had conflicting ideas.

“Susarma is here challenging me to a fight, and I hate to turn down this type of offer, but there, to the north of us, our formation is fractured, and our troops are in need of rapid rescue.”

Arjuna was thinking along these lines when two javelins came flying at him and one towards Janardana. In a fit of rage, Arjuna fired three precisely placed shafts, forcing Susarma to retreat. They wasted no more time and hurried to the scene of Bhagadatta’s mayhem.

The Pandava soldiers rallied as soon as they spotted Arjuna’s movement, and he soon arrived at the lines where Bhagadatta was. Bhagadatta assaulted Arjuna on Supratika in the form of the Destroyer. Every time the beast charged, but Vasudeva’s skill prevented the shock. Arjuna and Krishna received arrows from Bhagadatta. However, Arjuna’s arrows damaged the elephant by shattering its armour. Bhagadatta threw a javelin at Krishna when he saw that his elephant was no longer able to withstand the assault.

With a shaft from his bow, Arjuna engaged it and split it in half. The second javelin Bhagadatta launched hit Dhananjaya’s helmet.

Arjuna adjusted his helmet and bowed while yelling, “Bhagadatta, take your final look at the world and get ready to die!”

Bhagadatta was a very old veteran. He had the courageous aspect of a lion thanks to his grey hair and the wrinkles on his magnificent old face. He was indeed so ancient that his skin fell loosely down over his eyes, and to prevent it from obstructing his vision, he had bound the folds of his skin over his forehead with a silk kerchief. One of the most prominent and bravest men of his era, Bhagadatta was not so much known for his bravery as for his moral rectitude. Men honoured his excellence by calling him “Friend of Indra.”

This mighty man was told by Arjuna to “look around for the final time” before he launched arrows at him that destroyed his bow, splintered his quiver, and punctured the joints of his armour.

The technique of striking weak spots, such as joints and moving components, was specifically studied by kshatriyas and an essential component of military training during those times when all warriors wore thick armour.

Bhagadatta launched his elephant goad at Arjuna after being stripped of all of his weapons.

It was fired with the Vaishnava mantra and dispatched with murderous intent.

Arjuna would have been murdered, but Krishna stood in the way and offered himself as a target. It became a sparkling necklace that landed on his breast. Being charged with Vishnu’s mantra, it was unable to harm him and instead served as the Lord’s jewelled necktie.

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“How did you decide to make yourself a target for the enemy’s missile, Janardana? You promised to drive the chariot and let me handle all the combat. How were you able to achieve this? “argued Arjuna.

“Arjuna, my beloved, you do not comprehend. If this shaft had hit you, you would have died. However, it is actually my own property and was returned to its rightful owner” Krishna chuckled as he spoke. Then, like a snake entering an anthill, Partha shot an arrow that struck Bhagadatta’s elephant in the head.
Bhagadatta attempted to prod his massive beast forward, but it remained utterly immobile. His resounding order was ignored by his wife, just as the words of a man who has lost his money were ignored by her.

The elephant first stood rigidly like a large hill, but then it abruptly sunk down, forcing its tusks into the ground, and gave up the ghost with an agonised shriek. The loss of the noble animal and his inability to kill Bhagadatta without also killing the beast caused considerable sadness in Arjuna.
The aged king’s forehead folds were bound up with a silken napkin, but Arjuna’s shafts tore it, and he was instantly rendered blind by his own hanging wrinkles.

Soon after, a pointed shaft with a crescent-shaped head penetrated his breast. Bhagadatta’s golden necklace shone like flowers on the uprooted tree as he fell like a giant tree in a storm. The Kaurava army became completely disorganised.

The brothers of Sakuni, Vrisha and Achala, made every effort to defeat Arjuna by attacking him from the front and the back. However, their chariots were quickly destroyed, and they themselves were struck down and left lying on the ground like two lion cubs. They both had similar features and appeared just as noble. According to the poet, the bodies of these two brave warriors reflected a weird shine all around them since they did not escape when the others did.

When Sakuni saw his valiant and exceptional brothers lying dead on the field, he became furious. He used all of the illusionary weapons at his disposal to viciously attack Arjuna. However, all the charms were destroyed and rendered useless by Arjuna’s blows. As quickly as his horses could carry him, Sakuni was forced to depart the field.

The war on the twelfth day came to a conclusion when the Pandava troops assaulted Drona’s army and caused immense destruction till dusk. The combat was ordered to stop by Drona, and the badly defeated Kaurava warriors withdrew sullenly to their camp.

On the other hand, the Pandava army was in good spirits, and its soldiers congregated around campfires to converse and sing praises to Arjuna and the other heroes who had led them to victory.

Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat

This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.

Keep a copy of Mahabharat at home and read it online at the HariBhakt website. Mahabharat is rightly called the fifth Veda for Kaliyuga people because it is a tool and guidance to invoke confidence and bravery in Sanatan Dharmi Hindus.

You can read complete Mahabharat by following Chapter links given below. You can check Glossary of Mahabharat here.

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Mahabharat All Chapters (Sampurna Mahabharata)

Mahabharat Chapter 1 Mahabharat Chapter 54
Mahabharat Chapter 2 Mahabharat Chapter 55
Mahabharat Chapter 3 Mahabharat Chapter 56
Mahabharat Chapter 4 Mahabharat Chapter 57
Mahabharat Chapter 5 Mahabharat Chapter 58
Mahabharat Chapter 6 Mahabharat Chapter 59
Mahabharat Chapter 7 Mahabharat Chapter 60
Mahabharat Chapter 8 Mahabharat Chapter 61
Mahabharat Chapter 9 Mahabharat Chapter 62
Mahabharat Chapter 10 Mahabharat Chapter 63
Mahabharat Chapter 11 Mahabharat Chapter 64
Mahabharat Chapter 12 Mahabharat Chapter 65
Mahabharat Chapter 13 Mahabharat Chapter 66
Mahabharat Chapter 14 Mahabharat Chapter 67
Mahabharat Chapter 15 Mahabharat Chapter 68
Mahabharat Chapter 16 Mahabharat Chapter 69
Mahabharat Chapter 17 Mahabharat Chapter 70
Mahabharat Chapter 18 Mahabharat Chapter 71
Mahabharat Chapter 19 Mahabharat Chapter 72
Mahabharat Chapter 20 Mahabharat Chapter 73
Mahabharat Chapter 21 Mahabharat Chapter 74
Mahabharat Chapter 22 Mahabharat Chapter 75
Mahabharat Chapter 23 Mahabharat Chapter 76
Mahabharat Chapter 24 Mahabharat Chapter 77
Mahabharat Chapter 25 Mahabharat Chapter 78
Mahabharat Chapter 26 Mahabharat Chapter 79
Mahabharat Chapter 27 Mahabharat Chapter 80
Mahabharat Chapter 28 Mahabharat Chapter 81
Mahabharat Chapter 29 Mahabharat Chapter 82
Mahabharat Chapter 30 Mahabharat Chapter 83
Mahabharat Chapter 31 Mahabharat Chapter 84
Mahabharat Chapter 32 Mahabharat Chapter 85
Mahabharat Chapter 33 Mahabharat Chapter 86
Mahabharat Chapter 34 Mahabharat Chapter 87
Mahabharat Chapter 35 Mahabharat Chapter 88
Mahabharat Chapter 36 Mahabharat Chapter 89
Mahabharat Chapter 37 Mahabharat Chapter 90
Mahabharat Chapter 38 Mahabharat Chapter 91
Mahabharat Chapter 39 Mahabharat Chapter 92
Mahabharat Chapter 40 Mahabharat Chapter 93
Mahabharat Chapter 41 Mahabharat Chapter 94
Mahabharat Chapter 42 Mahabharat Chapter 95
Mahabharat Chapter 43 Mahabharat Chapter 96
Mahabharat Chapter 44 Mahabharat Chapter 97
Mahabharat Chapter 45 Mahabharat Chapter 98
Mahabharat Chapter 46 Mahabharat Chapter 99
Mahabharat Chapter 47 Mahabharat Chapter 100
Mahabharat Chapter 48 Mahabharat Chapter 101
Mahabharat Chapter 49 Mahabharat Chapter 102
Mahabharat Chapter 50 Mahabharat Chapter 103
Mahabharat Chapter 51 Mahabharat Chapter 104
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