Chapter 165

Mahabharata English - UDYOGA PARAVA

‘Sanjaya said, ‘Having listened to Uluka’s words, Yudhishthira, the sonof Kunti, moved his army headed by Dhrishtadyumna and others. And thatvast army commanded by Dhrishtadyumna, consisting of four kinds offorces, viz., foot-soldiers and elephants and cars and cavalry, terrible,and immovable like the earth herself, and guarded by mighty car-warriorsled by Bhimasena and Arjuna, could be compared to the vast ocean lying instillness. And at the head of that vast force was that mighty bowman, theprince of Panchalas, invincible in battle, viz., Dhrishtadyumna, desirousof obtaining Drona for his antagonist. And Dhrishtadyumna began to selectcombatants (from his own army) for pitting them against particularwarriors of the hostile force. And he gave orders unto his car-warriors,suited to their strength and courage. And he pitted Arjuna against theSuta’s son (Karna), Bhima against Duryodhana, Dhrishtaketu against Salya,Uttamaujas against Gautama’s son (Kripa), Nakula against Kritavarman,Yuyudhana against the ruler of the Sindhus (Jayadratha). And he placedSikhandin in the van, pitting him against Bhishma. And he urged Sahadevaagainst Sakuni, and Chekitana against Sala, and the five sons of Draupadiagainst the Trigartas. And he urged Subhadra’s son (Abhimanyu) againstVrishasena (the son of Karna), and also against all the rest of thekings, for he regarded Abhimanyu as superior to Arjuna himself in battle.And distributing his warriors thus, individually and collectively, thatmighty bowman, of the hue of blazing fire, kept Drona for his own share.And that leader of leaders of troops, the mighty and intelligent bowmanDhrishtadyumna, having arrayed his troops duly, waited for battle with afirm heart. And having arrayed the combatants, as indicated above, of thePandavas, he waited, with collected mind, on the field for securingvictory to the sons of Pandu.'”

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