"Dhritarashtra, said, 'Describe to me, O Sanjaya, the diverse kinds ofstandards resplendent with great beauty, of both the Partha and ourwarriors (in that battle).' "Sanjaya said, 'Hear, O king, of the diverse kinds of standards of thosehigh-souled warriors. Listen to me as I describe their forms and names.Indeed, O king, upon the cars of those foremost of car-warriors were seendiverse kinds of standards that shone like blazing flames of fire. Madeof gold, or decked with gold,
“Bhima said, That car which formerly bore Brahma and Isana and Indra andVaruna (to battle), mounting upon that car, have two Krishnas gone. Theycan have no fear of danger, Taking, however, thy command on MY head, lo,I am going. Do not grieve. Meeting with those tigers among men, I shallsend thee intelligence.’
“Sanjaya said, ‘During the progress, O monarch, of that battle, makingthe hair stand on end, and when all the combatants were filled withanxiety and greatly afflicted, the son of Radha. O bull of Bharata’srace, proceeded against Bhima for battle, like an infuriated elephant inthe forest proceeding against another infuriated elephant.’
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘O Suta, O Sanjaya, this grievous result that hasnow overtaken us is, I think, certainly due to my evil policy. I hadhitherto thought that what is past. But, O Sanjaya, what measures shouldI now adopt? I am now once more calm, O Sanjaya, therefore, tell me howthis slaughter of heroes is going on, having my evil policy for itscause.’
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘Unvanquished by Drona, and Radha’s son and Vikarnaand Kritavarman, how could the heroic Satyaki, never before checked inbattle, having after his promise to Yudhishthira crossed the ocean of theKaurava troops, being humiliated by the Kuru warrior Bhurisravas andforcibly thrown on the ground?’
“Sanjaya said, Upon the fall, O king, of the ruler of the Sindhus, thyson Suyodhana, his face bedewed with tears, and himself filled with griefand breathing hot sighs like a snake whose fangs have been broken, thatoffender against the whole world, viz., thy son, experienced bitteraffliction.
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘After the ruler of the Sindhus had been slain inbattle by Savyasachin and after the fall of Bhurisravas, what became thestate of your mind? After Drona also had been thus addressed byDuryodhana in the midst of the Kurus, what did the preceptor say unto himthen? Tell me all this, O Sanjaya!’
“Sanjaya said, ‘Seeding his uncle thus addressed in harsh and insultingwords by the Suta’s son, Aswatthaman, uplifting his scimitar, furiouslyrushed towards the latter. Filled with fury, Drona’s son rushed towardsKarna, in the very sight of the Kuru king, like a lion at an infuriatedelephant.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Then Duhsasana, filled with wrath, rushed againstSahadeva, causing the earth to tremble with the fierce speed of his car,O Madri’s son, however, that crusher of foes, with a broad-headed arrow,quickly cut of the head, decked with the head-gear of his rushingantagonist’s driver.