“‘Yudhishthira said, “Welcome, O thou that hast Devaki for thy mother,and welcome to thee, O Dhananjaya! The sight of both of you, O Acyuta andArjuna, is exceedingly agreeable!
“Sanjaya said, ‘Having vanquished the son of Drona and achieved a mightyand heroic feat that is exceedingly difficult of accomplishment,Dhananjaya, irresistible by foes,
“Sanjaya said, ‘Meanwhile Drona’s son, surrounded by a large car-force, Oking, suddenly proceeded to that spot where Partha was.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Meanwhile Karna also began, with his arrowy showers, toafflict the mighty car-warriors of the Kaikayas, viz., those great bowmenthat stood before him.
“Sanjaya said, ‘The handsome Arjuna then, on that foremost car of his,unto which were yoked white steeds, and which was urged by Narayanahimself, appeared on the scene.
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘When Bhima and Pandu’s son Yudhishthira wereengaged in battle, when my troops were being slaughtered by the Pandusand the Srinjayas, when, indeed, my vast army being broken and routedrepeatedly became cheerless, tell me, O Sanjaya, what the Kauravas did.’
“Sanjaya said, ‘Then the Kurus and the Srinjayas once more fearlesslyencountered each other in battle, the Parthas being headed byYudhishthira, and ourselves headed by the Suta’s son.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Thus raged that great battle between those lords of Earthwhen Arjuna and Karna and Bhimasena, the son of Pandu became angry.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Then Duryodhana, O chief of Bharatas, repairing to Karna,said unto him as also unto the ruler of the Madras and the other lords ofEarth present there, these words, “Without seeking hath this occasionarrived, when the gates of heaven have become wide open.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Meanwhile Vikartana himself, resisting Bhimasenasupported by the Pancalas and the Cedis and the Kaikayas, covered himwith many arrows.