Standby and wait for the Divyastras!
Bhima - Duryodhana, Duhsaha
Sahadeva - Shakuni, Uluka
Yudhishtira - Elephant division of Kauravas
Satyaki, Chekitana, Abhimanyu -Shalva and Kekayas.
Drishtaketu, Ghatotkacha - Chariot division of Kauravas
Bhima meets Bhishma again a d a great duel followed. Bhima lost his bow and was backed by Satyaki. But Bhishma kills Satyaki's charioteer and the horses bolt creating fear among Pandava soldiers. Drishtadyumna tries to stall Bhishma. #Kurukshetra
Bhishma arranged for Krauncha Vyuha with Drona at the beak, Asvatthama, Kripa at the eyes+
Battle for the day began. The armies clashed
The army of Pandavas with Maharathas is compared to night sky with stars. That of Kauravas, to firmament circled by planets
Yudhishtira - Prativindhya
Bhima - Sutasoma
Arjuna - Srutakirti
Nakula - Shatanika
Sahadeva - Srutakarma
Drona - Virata
Ashvatthama vs Shikhandi
Duryodhana vs Drishtadyumna
Shalya vs Nakula-Sahadeva
Vinda-Anuvinda vs Iravan
Kritavarma vs Bhima
Many Kings against Arjuna
Vikarna, Chitrasena, Durmarshana vs Abhimanyu
Bhagadatta vs Ghatotkacha
Bhurishrava vs Drishtaketu
Srutaayu vs Yudhishtira
Chekitana - Kripa
Others - Bhima
A cumulative attack was launched on Arjuna who dispelled them all with Aindrastra making Susharma and the likes retreat.
Meanwhile, Drona kills the valiant Matsya prince Shankha and forces Virata to flee. #Kurukshetra
Gosh! Did not see that coming.
Moving over, the twin sons of Madri meet their maternal uncle Shalya. They covered him with arrows like+
Meanwhile, Chekitana fought Kripa. Well the Yadava warrior is rather courageous here and holds off Kripa #Kurukshetra
Next duel - Drishtaketu vs Bhoorishravas. Former loses his chariot to the veteran, rushes to Shatanika's
The battle commenced and Bhishma is at the forefront again, like the sun so bright that one cannot see him. He killed the Rathas, horsemen and elephant riders. Only Bhima challenged him to the Pandava relief
The Pandavas attack in three divisions
1. Drishtadyumna, Shikhandi and Satyaki against Bhishma
2. Arjuna, Upa Pandavas and Chekitana against those under Duryodhana
The other side mounted their attack too. Drona destroyed the Somakas and Srinjayas
Bhima destroyed the elephant division and the twins routed Cavalry.
Alarmed, Duryodhana turned to the Rakshasa son of Rishyashringa and sent him to kill Iravan. It was an uneven match, the Maya endowed Rakshasa vs severely wounded Iravan. But Iravan fought on #Kurukshetra
Sanjaya goes on to narrate another sequence between Bhishma and the Pandavas. But he says it was afternoon. Just a while ago it was sunset. I am a bit confused now.
On day 9, Duryodhana arranges for the Kuru warriors to protect Bhishma. Instructs Dushasana to not let Shikhandi come anywhere near Bhishma as he knew of Bhishma's principle not to fight 'her'. #Kurukshetra
Alambusha resorted to his Maya tactics and Abhimanyu, to his knowledge of DivyAstrAs. After a bloody battle Rakshasa retreated
Arjuna rushes to protect his son. Bhishma attacks him like Rahu attacks the Sun #Kurukshetra
Bhagadatta and Shrutayu surrounded Bhima with their elephant army. Bhima jumps down the chariot (ahem! 😄). Tuskers surrounded him like clouds cover the sun, only to meet their end. Sparing the scary details.
Krishna agrees and they go to Bhishma's place. Bhishma welcomes them #Kurukshetra
Pandavas leave and Arjuna remembers the find moments he had with Bhishma
They retire and wait for day break #Kurukshetra
Kauravas put Bhishma at the lead protected by Dhartarashtras, followed by Drona and Bhagadatta and the rest #Kurukshetra
Arjuna tried to clear Shikhandi's path towards Bhishma while Drishtadyumna and Abhimanyu tried to stop Bhishma #Kurukshetra
Chitrasena - Chekitana
Kritavarma - Drishtadyumna
Bhoorishravas - Bhima
Vikarna - Nakula
Durmukha - Ghatotkacha
Alambusha - Satyaki
Sudakshina - Abhimanyu
Ashvatthama - Virata and Drupada
Drona - Yudhishtira
Drona sees inauspicious omens, tells Ashvatthama.
Satyaki - Ashvatthama
Pourava - Drishtaket
Bhima - Elephant army
Yudhishtira - Shalya
Jayadrata - Virata
Drona - Drishtadyumna
Arjuna almost gets to Bhishma when Bhagadatta stops him. Urging Shikhandi to proceed, he fights the rider of Supratika. Duhshasana too defends Bhishma. #Kurukshetra
But with Bhishma's fall, shrinking of armies and rising desperation, the war is going to turn nasty.
Sanjaya says in fact Karna is twice a Ratha. #Kurukshetra
(I am waiting for his entry too! In fact, want to sing Hiranmayena paatrena satyasyaapihitam mukham 😁😁😁) #Kurukshetra
Karna also states strengths of the Pandavas and the temporary nature of life. #Kurukshetra
Before joining the battle, Karna seeks the blessings of Bhishma who blesses him heartily.
Duryodhana asks Karna about who should lead the armies. Karna suggests Drona, calling him equal to Shukra and Angiras
The Kaurava Vyuha name is not mentioned but Kripa, Kritavarma, Chitrasena, Vivimshati and Duhshasana led the left flank #Kurukshetra
The Pandavas responded with Krauncha Vyuha with Arjuna at the fore front. There is an anticipation of Karna-Arjuna conflict
Drona began his offence #Kurukshetra
In that battle, Shakuni attacks Sahadeva. Shakuni is skilled in Maya
Bhima wounds Vivimshati. #Kurukshetra
Shalya was overpowered by Nakula
Other duels included
Kritavarma - Satyaki
Susharma- Drishtadyumna (?)
Bhagadatta - Drupada
Bhoorishrava - Shikhandi
Alambusha - Ghatotkacha
Anuvinda - Chekitana
Lakshmana - Kshatradeva
Detailed duel between a certain Pourava and Abhimanyu is given.
Abhimanyu kills Pourava's horses, charioteer, etc and was about to kill him when+
When the Pandavas hear of this, they take extra care to guard Yudhishtira #Kurukshetra
Routing the Kuru resistance between him and his elder brother, Kiriti reached just in time. His innumerable arrows covered the sky, blocking light and confusing the enemy. Drona and Duryodhana also see the sun setting and withdraw #kurukshetra
Susharma, his Trigarta army and another assortment take an oath to keep Arjuna distracted. #Kurukshetra
Arjuna says he is oath bound to fight those who challenge him. At the same time, he knows the criticality of guarding Yudhishtira. #kurukshetra
Meanwhile, Drona arranged the rest of the armies in Garuda Vyuha. Yudhishtira responded with Ardhachakra vyuha. He tells Drishtadyumna to do everything to stop Drona #Kurukshetra
Satyajit quickly stations himself before Yudhishtira. His determination halts Drona for a while and exerts his full self. But finally Drona severs his head. #Kurukshetra
Dhritarashtra himself is surprised and asks was there really no Panchala who could stand up to Drona #Kurukshetra
On the field, Duryodhana is full of glee.
Sanjaya elaborates the names of Kings, Maharathas, who again rally along with Yudhishtira (looks like he returned). The list is really long! #Kurukshetra
Durmarshana - Bhima
Kritavarma - Satyaki
Shalya - Yudhishtira
Jayadrata - Kshatradharma
Subahu - Yuyutsu
Yuyutsu slices off Subahu's Arma and Yudhishtira defeats Shalya.
Bahlika - Drupada
Vinda&Anuvinda - Virata
Shatanika kills Bhutakarma
Sutasoma wounds Vivimshati
Srutakarma fights an even battle with Chitrasena's son.
Prativindhya repulses Ashvatthama himself!
Slayer of Patacharas (Sahadeva?) wounds Lakshmana.
Shikhandi fought Vikarna
Uttamaujas fought with some Angada and
Purujit, the son of Kuntibhoja wounded Durmukha.
The 5 Kekaya brothers fought Karna. Satyaki, against Kshemadriti and Brihanta #Kurukshetra
Ambastha wounded King of Chedi (Drishtaketu?)
Alambusha engaged Ghatotkacha
Kripa repulsed Vardhakshemi, the Varshneya.
Bhoorishravas won over some Maniman but lost his charioteer.#Kurukshetra
Elephants of course are Bhima's favourite battle victims. He routed them all. Duryodhana himself attacked
Meanwhile Ashvatthama kills Nila. Bhima retaliates #Kurukshetra
He is then joined by Satyaki, Nakula and Sahadeva and more warriors join on both sides #Kurukshetra
Karna replied with his own arrows and Bhima, Satyaki and Drishtadyumna attacked Karna. While fighting Arjuna he shot at them too #Kurukshetra
Bhima leapt down the chariot and killed 15 of Karna's flank protectors and then came back
(I dont have the courage to turn over thd page to day 13 😭😭😭😭😭)
From Day 13 onwards, the source is volume 6. Keep your participation up 🙏🙏🙏🙏.
Drona reiterates his loyalty and also promises to kill one powerful Maharathi on this day #Kurukshetra
Drona arranges for this formidable and impregnable vyuha #Kurukshetra
At thr moment, Pandavas had only Abhimanyu. Yudhishtira asks him to penetrate the Vyuha. Abhimanyu agrees but voices his concern. "I know only to penetrate. If a calamity befalls me inside, I cannot get out" #Kurukshetra
Abhimanyu could not tolerate this snatching away of his 'prize'. Refusing to retreat, he fought on despite being out numbered #Kurukshetra
Meanwhile Abhimanyu met Vrishasena, son of Karna. Vrishasena lost his bow, flag and charioteer. The horses bolted away #Kurukshetra
Duryodhana was mad with grief. #Kurukshetra.
Drona, Kripa, Kritavarma, Brihadbala, Ashvatthama and Karna surrounded him and attacked. Abhimanyu routed them all. He then turned upon the army of Saindhava and killed the elephants. Kratha's son was the next to lose his life. #Kurukshetra
Karna tells the same to Drona and asks for a way out. Drona asks Karna if he found a weakness in Abhimanyu #Kurukshetra
Karna sliced down Abhimanyu's bow. Kritavarma killed his horses and Kripa killed his charioteers.
That moment, the 6 Maharathis showered arrows at Abhimanyu, who grabbed a sword and moved around in circles still causing fear among foot soldiers #Kurukshetra
1) Abhimanyu's fighting style is closer to that of Bhima than Arjuna. The boy does not know tactical retreat.
2) Abhimanyu has been a magnet of cumulative attacks since day one.
4)The incident costed the Kaurava camp dearly. It pulled back Arjuna to main battle
Arjuna's oath to kill Jayadrata before the sunset of the next day leaves Krishna under a lot of stress. He spends some sleepless hours and summons his personal charioteer Daruka #Kurukshetra
Arjuna on the other hand has a pleasant dream of meeting Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. Day 14 starts. #Kurukshetra
Looks like Dushasana fled (not explicitly mentioned). Arjuna advances towards Drona #Kurukshetra
A cumulative unit headed by Jaya, Kritavarma, Sudakshina and Shrutaayu attacked Arjuna next with a force of ten thousand chariots. Drona attacked from the rear. #Kurukshetra
Arjuna turned his attention to Sudakshina of Kambhoja. Sudakshina's valour too was at its best today. But Arjuna felled his bow, charioteer+ #Kurukshetra
Shrutayu (Another) and Achyutayu attacked Arjuna next. But after a brief show, they too lost their lives #Kurukshetra
Arjuna was then surrounded by thousands of elephants lead by the Kalingan King. Arjuna's arrows continuously claimed lives. He was like a fire consuming the forest #Kurukshetra
Shrutayu from Ambastha (for gods sake how many more!) #Kurukshetra