Chapter 89 Arjuna took First Revenge of Abhimanyu Killing Jayadratha
“The crucial moment has arrived, Karna, said Duryodhana, “If Jayadratha is not killed before this day’s sunset, Arjuna will be humiliated and he will commit suicide for not keeping his word. With Arjuna’s passing, the Pandavas will be destroyed and this country will be ours in undisputed and unrestricted rule.
Dhananjaya made this impossible oath in a fit of irrationality because the gods intended for him to die in this way by his own hand. My stars appear to be in the rising right now. We shouldn’t let this chance pass us by. We must be able to recognise how his challenge falls short. Everything is dependent upon you. Your remarkable prowess in fighting is on trial today. Show your worth today. See the sun has slid down toward the west. I don’t believe Partha will be able to go to Jayadratha in the little amount of time that remains before dusk. In the next few hours until dusk, you, Aswatthama, Salya, Kripa, and I must watch over Jayadratha and do everything in our power to prevent him from falling into Arjuna’s clutches.”
“My king, Bhimasena has injured me all over, and I am so exhausted that none of my limbs have any strength left in them. I will nevertheless exert all of my power. I’m here just to help you.”
While Karna and Duryodhana were making these plans, Arjuna was launching a massive assault on the Kaurava army and using all of his power in an effort to reach Jayadratha before dusk. In order to tell his own charioteer Daruka to immediately approach with his chariot, Krishna put his Panchajanya in his mouth and blew a strong note in the rishabha swara. When it arrived, Satyaki took his place in it and fought Karna fully by attacking him forcefully and deftly. Due to Satyaki’s skill with the bow and Daruka’s driving prowess, the gods were summoned down to observe the battle.
The charioteer was removed, and Karna’s four chariot horses were rendered inoperable. The chariot was then destroyed, and the flagstaff was split in two. The enormous Karna was left without a chariot, and the Kaurava army was much stirred by the incident. Karna was forced to sprint and board
Duryodhana’s chariot. Here, Sanjaya explains the occurrence to Dhritarashtra, to whom he was describing it: “Krishna, Partha, and Satyaki are the three best archery masters. No fourth can compare to them!”
Arjuna overcame the Kaurava resistance and made it to Jayadratha. Arjuna battled in a rage brought on by the memory of Abhimanyu’s murder and all the significant wrongs committed by the Kauravas. Being a skilled archer, he fired shafts from the Gandiva bow alternately with one hand and the other. His adversaries were overcome with fear and uncertainty as they believed Death had arrived on the scene with his mouth open.
The battle between Arjuna and Aswatthama and the other strong warriors who defended the king of Sindhu can only be fully described by the poet of the Mahabharata. Despite their furious combat, they were all ultimately victorious and unable to stop Arjuna from getting to Jayadratha. As soon as Jayadratha was attacked, a protracted fight ensued. Since the day was coming to an end, both sides were continually scanning the west. Since the Saindhava was no weak adversary, Arjuna’s strength and skill had to be put to the test.
The struggle continued as the sun reddened and fell below the horizon.
“Only a very little amount of time remains. Jayadratha appears to have been spared, and Arjuna’s challenge appears to have failed. Arjuna will suffer the consequences of breaking the pledge “Duryodhana exclaimed to himself with great joy.
Then, there was complete darkness, and both armies cried out: “Jayadratha has not been killed as of sunset. Arjuna is a loser.” While the Kaurava army erupted in cheers, the Pandavas were dejected.
Since the sun was not yet visible, Jayadratha glanced to the western horizon and declared to himself, “I am rescued!” He believed the period of danger from Arjuna had passed.
Krishna, however, immediately addressed Arjuna and said: “The horizon is in Dhananjaya’s line of sight as the Sindhu raja. I am to blame for this gloom. The sun has not set and is still rising. Get to work. The time is right since Jayadratha is off-guard.”
Jayadratha’s head was swept away by a shaft that soared from the Gandiva bow like a vulture swooping down on a chicken. Listen, Arjuna, and send your shafts in quick relays so the head might be carried into Vriddhakshatra’s lap and prevented from dropping to the ground.
And Arjuna fired his magnificent arrows, which carried the head off into the air. A odd sight that was. When his son’s head with gorgeous black hair and golden earrings softly slid onto his lap, Vriddhakshatra was engrossed in his evening meditation and reclining in the open in his ashrama.
The head tumbled down and hit the ground as the elderly monarch was about to stand up after finishing his meditation. And as predicted, the head of Vriddhakshatra broke into a hundred pieces. Together with his father, Jayadratha travelled to the home of the courageous.
When Kesava, Dhananjaya, Bhima, Satyaki, Yudhamanyu, and Uttamaujas blew their conches, Dharmaraja heard the joyful sounds and understood that it signalled Arjuna’s fulfilment of his word and the death of the Saindhava.
Then Yudhishthira led his troops against Drona with ferocity. Even though it was getting dark, the order that the fighting must stop at dusk was disregarded on the fourteenth day of the conflict. The restrictions and limitations started to fall apart one by one as the passions increased day by day.
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