Bhishma, the grandfather to both the Pandavas and Kauravas, blessed Yudhishthira. The Pandavas accumulated seven Akshauhinis army with the help of their allies. 2) (Arjuna unable to withstand Karna and Bhishma, Dhristdyumn unable to withstand Drona, Satyaki unable to withstand bhurishrava hence unfair means were adopted to kill those four atirathi warriors D) CURSE OF BRAHMANA After consulting his commanders, the Pandavas appointed Dhrishtadyumna as the supreme commander of the Pandava army. By Shakuni's plot, Duryodhana hid Jayadrath in their camp, since if Arjuna failed to kill Jayadrath he had vowed to throw himself into the fire, which would make war easier for the Kauravas. Satyaki attacked Bhishma, killing his charioteer. Arjuna killed thousands of Samsaptakasa, however, he couldn't exterminate all of them. Breaking his own promise not to fight, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, descended from the chariot, and picking up the wheel of a broken chariot, He rushed at Bhishma while his hair and yellow garments flowed in the breeze. Bhishma soon restored order and Duryodhana returned to lead the army. The rules included:. Almost all prominent warriors used bows, including the Pandavas, the Kauravas, Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Arjuna, Satyaki, Drupada, Jayadratha, Abhimanyu, Kripa, Kritavarma, Dhrishtadyumna and Shalya. Even on the 16th day in Karna Parva when karna was the commander of the forces he ran away from Satyaki. Arjuna came up to assist Satyaki and pierced Drona with three iron headed arrows. His target remained the same, that is, to capture Yudhishthira. Behind them was Abhimanyu, Chekitana and Satyaki. The Pandava army again suffered against Bhishma's attacks. ", After hearing the Grandsire's instructions and offering their respectful obeisances, the Pandavas went back to their tents. [note 1] Within the frame story of the Mahabharata, the historical kings Parikshit and Janamejaya are featured significantly as scions of the Kuru clan, and Michael Witzel concludes that the general setting of the epic has a historical precedent in Iron Age (Vedic) India, where the Kuru kingdom was the center of political power during roughly 1200 to 800 BCE.  According to Professor Alf Hiltebeitel, the Mahabharata is essentially mythological. Ten divisions (Akshauhinis) of the Kaurava army were arranged in a formidable phalanx. While sporting in our childhood days, O Vasudeva, I used to climb up on his lap and smear him with dust. Follow the advice given by the Grandsire and obtain victory.". One could only see thousands of slain horses, elephants, and men, as well as the sky filled with his arrows. After I am vanquished, you will be able to defeat Dhritarastra's sons and their allies. There was a great wail of lamentation from Duryodhana's troops as this second Arjuna approached them releasing his death dealing arrows.  Indian historian Upinder Singh has written that: Whether a bitter war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas ever happened cannot be proved or disproved. It is possible that there was a small-scale conflict, transformed into a gigantic epic war by bards and poets. It is possible that the Battle of the Ten Kings, mentioned in the Rigveda, may have "formed the 'nucleus' of the story" of the Kurukshetra war, though it was greatly expanded and modified in the Mahabharata's account making the Mahabharata's version of very dubious historicity.. ", Hearing Lord Krishna's advice, Yudhisthira said, "It will certainly be as You say, O Madhava. Bhima's body was practically impenetrable and arrows could hardly pierce his skin. Kill this son of Subhadra and gain victory for my troops." Arjuna warns that everyone who supported adharma will be pathetically killed in this war. When you have these invincible heroes for your protectors, why fall into an ocean of sorrow? Satyaki- Satyaki was next to Arjuna in Pandava side. In the context of Mahabharata, eighteen is an important number. The son of Drupada, Shikhandi, was once a woman in his youth and has since attained manhood. When given the choice of either Krishna's army or Krishna himself on their side, Arjuna on behalf of the Pandavas chose Krishna, unarmed on his own, relieving Duryodhana, who thought Arjuna to be the greatest fool. However, the son of Drona, Ashvatthama, cut that arrow in mid air and then pierced Satyaki in the chest with many broad headed shafts. Bhima broke the rules (under instructions from Krishna), and struck Duryodhana below the waist, leaving him mortally wounded. The mystic Rakshasa tried many other mystic illusions, but they were all destroyed by Abhimanyu.  Attempts have been made to assign a historical date to the Kurukshetra War. Bhishma-Yudhishthir Samvad continued for 6 days when Bhishma instructed Yudhishthir on various subjects. Thus Lord Krishna drove the chariot to the place where Bhishma was fighting. During his return, Krishna met Karna, Kunti's firstborn (before Yudhishthira), and requested him to help his brothers and fight on the side of dharma. O how can I kill this worshipful person in combat. Karna inflicted heavy damage on the Pandava army, which fled. It describes the first part of the great battle, with Bhishma as commander-in-chief for the Kauravas. Arjuna fought and killed thousands of soldiers sent by Duryodhana to attack him. On the ninth day, Bhishma began destroying Pandava armies. I think that none of my kinsmen will escape from this battle with their life. I offer you my respectful obeisances, O God of gods. Arjuna used the Aindra-Astra which killed thousands of Rathis, Atirathis, Elephants, and horses. Duryodhana said he would not give land even as much as the tip of a needle to the Pandavas. He is a witness to Duryodhana's attempt to arrest Krishna and Krishna's Vishwaroopa form, though he is not mentioned as one of the few persons not blinded by the apparation. When light again returned dispelling the darkness, Abhimanyu pierced Alambusha with many broad head arrows. He cleared enemy lines of infantry, calvary and chariot fighters. The latter was a strong mace-fighter, and an exhausted Abhimanyu was defeated and killed by his adversary.. In the middle of the formation was Duryodhana, Susharman and the Trigartas. Bhishma, stung by this unfair charge, fell on the Pandava army with renewed vigor. Such were my instructions before the battle. Arjuna taking advantage of Bhishma's absence, mercilessly massacred the Kaurava forces. wisdomlib - the greatest source of ancient and modern knowledge; Like what you read? He then left for the Himalayas with Draupadi and his brothers. Fighting must begin no earlier than sunrise and end exactly at sunset. Abhimanyu pierced Alambusha with five shafts, and the Rakshasa countered with nine arrows that pierced the son of Arjuna's chest. Later, Karna resumed dueling with Arjuna. Krishna and Arjuna Mahabharata war which lasted eighteen days has seen various great warriors in action. The eleventh was put under the immediate command of Bhishma, partly to protect him. Drunk Satyaki laughed at and insulted Kritavarma for killing the Pandava army in midst of their sleep. Being arrogant and viewing himself as equal to Krishna, Duryodhana chose a seat at Krishna's head and waited for him to rouse. No warrior may kill or injure a warrior whose back is turned away. Consider supporting this website. Duryodhana wanted to capture Yudhishthira alive. Do not hesitate. When the battle resumed on the fifth day, the slaughter continued. Jaya, the core of Mahabharata, is structured in the form of a dialogue between the King Dhritarashtra (who was born blind) and Sanjaya (having a divine vision), his advisor, and chariot driver. The Grandsire then covered Arjuna's chariot with hundreds of arrows so that Arjuna and Krishna could not be seen. Jayadratha. The Pandavas gazed on Bhishma in wonder and could do nothing to stop him. The unimaginable carnage continued during the ensuing days of the battle. Contingents arrived from all parts of the country and soon the Pandavas had a large force of seven divisions. On his right side was Arjuna, Bhima was on his left side. . This conversation forms the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most respected religious and philosophical texts in the Hindu religion. Bhima seized Dushasana, ripped his right arm from his shoulder, and killed him, tearing open his chest, drinking his blood, and carrying some to smear on Draupadi's untied hair, thus fulfilling his vow made when Draupadi was humiliated. Krishna laughed and displayed his divine form, radiating intense light. K. Sadananda, based on translation work, states that the Kurukshetra War started on 22 November 3067 BCE. Drona only pretended to be a virtuous person. Incensed, Arjuna invoked the Vayavya weapon which caused a hurricane to appear on the battlefield. The sixth day was marked by a prodigious slaughter. Duryodhana ordered the celebrated chariot fighters, Kripa, Ashvatthama, Salya, Sudakshina, Bahlika, and the Avanti brothers to attack Bhimasena. The Pandavas, with the greatest effort, could not rally their army, so frightened by Bhishma's prowess. The narrative describes individual battles and deaths of various heroes of both sides, military formations, war diplomacy, meetings and discussions among the characters, and the weapons used. No warrior may kill or injure a person or animal not taking part in the war. Gladdening Yudhisthira's heart, he routed the Kaurava army from one end of the battlefield to the other. If you, therefore, desire victory, then kill me without delay. More reasonable is another tradition, placing it in the 15th century BCE, but this is also several centuries too early in the light of our archaeological knowledge. Duryodhana had 11 akshouhini soldiers… Duryodhana sent the Rakshasa fighter Alamvusha to kill Iravan, and the latter was killed by the Rakshasa after a fierce fight. O my Lord, destroy me in this battle so that I may win great fame. When the battle was commenced, Arjuna created How shall we obtain victory and sovereignty? NOTE: this is a Summary Study (... Dhritarastra inquired: Hearing of my sons' slaughter, O Sanjaya, a great fear has entered my mind. Then the Kaurava warriors all accomplished in arms, surrounding Vrikodara on all sides, fearlessly poured upon him their arrowy showers at the same time. Some of these were: Kekaya, Pandya (Malayadwaja Pandya), Magadha, and many more. Drona. Beholding his troops routed, Bhishma attacked Abhimanyu. But, before explaining how to exit the chakra Vyuha, Arjuna was interrupted by Krishna (another story is that Abhimanyu's mother falls asleep while Arjuna was explaining the chakra vyuha exit strategy). On being defeated by Satyaki, Karna was clueless. Drona countered those arrows and covered the third son of Pandu with a shower of arrows. Duryodhana was insulted that Krishna had turned down his invitation to accommodate himself in the royal palace. The Pandavas, also eager for combat, rushed against Bhishma desiring to halt his forward march. Amongst the dead; Dhrishtadyumna, Shikhandi, Uttamaujas, and children of Draupadi were killed by Ashwatthama. Krishna steered Arjuna toward him. He was the undecaying one with white headdress. The Pandava forces blew their horns and conches triumphantly. Karna stood against him and both fought fiercely until Karna released Vasava shakti, a divine weapon given to him by Indra. Mahabharata text is not explicit on exact duration of the time interval between return of Yudhishthir to Hastinapur (from the bank of river Ganga) and his leaving for urukshetra to meet Bhishma. The Pandavas, however, fought hard and delivered severe blows to the Kaurava army, frustrating Drona's plans. However, Bhima managed to penetrate the Kaurava formation and attack Duryodhana. Arjuna, with amazing skill, built a fortification around his chariot with an unending stream of arrows from his bow. "O Krishna," Arjuna said, "I will do as you say. You have told me of Bhishma's determination. 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