She then explains everything to them. Thus Ends the Ninth Chapter of the Bhishma Parva, Entitled, The Ninth Day of the Great Battle; The Invincible Bhishma. He was an allrounder. With his celestial weapons, he was tossing warriors around the battlefield like cotton in the wind. Bhishma stood at the centre of the Kaurava forces, flanked on both the sides by Drona and Kripa. It also forms one of the foremost treatises on the several aspects of Yoga and mystical knowledge. In the beginning, Sanjaya gives a description of the various continents of the Earth, the other planets, and focuses on the Indian Subcontinent, then gives an elaborate list of hundreds of kingdoms, tribes, provinces, cities, towns, villages, rivers, mountains, forests, etc. Bhima proceeded to kill an elephant named Ashwatthama and loudly proclaimed that Ashwatthama was dead. On the seventh day, Drona slew Shanka, a son of Virata. Killing Yudhishthira in battle would only enrage the Pandavas more, whereas holding him as hostage would be strategically useful. On seeing Bhishma advance, like the destroyer with a gaping mouth, the mighty-armed and intolerant Bhima rushed towards him. Eclipses are considered ill for life on earth according to Hindu astrology. In front of him, the grandsire created a cemetery of dead bodies, broken chariots, fallen horses and deceased elephants. He also reminded him that this was a war between righteousness and unrighteousness (dharma and adharma) and it was Arjuna's duty to slay anyone who supported the cause of unrighteousness, or sin. Satyaki, who was assisting Bhima, shot at Bhishma's charioteer and killed him. Jayadratha. 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. On the other hand Kritavarma was on the Kauravas side. He defeated both Drona and Karna on 14th day. The muscular Pandava was devastated and mourned his death saying he was a man of Dharma and it was a pity how he lived his life. The son of Yudhisthira, Prativindya, pierced the Rakshasa through his armor causing him to roar with pain. Arjuna came up to assist Satyaki and pierced Drona with three iron headed arrows. The eleventh was put under the immediate command of Bhishma, partly to protect him. O Invincible one, I will now retire to the forest for I have no purpose to fulfill. [12] Indian historian Upinder Singh has written that: Whether a bitter war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas ever happened cannot be proved or disproved. 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. The rules specific to each weapon must be followed. However, the young warrior couldn't match the prowess of Bhishma and was defeated. Because the Pandava army was smaller than the Kaurava's, they decided to employ the tactic of each warrior engaging as many enemies as possible. When the battle was commenced, Arjuna created ", Hearing Lord Krishna's advice, Yudhisthira said, "It will certainly be as You say, O Madhava. On hearing the twang of his bow, the Pandava troops were struck with fear. For example, the second and sixth rules were violated on the 13th day, when Abhimanyu was slain. Krishna laughed and displayed his divine form, radiating intense light. Therefore, order Me, O King, to fight with Bhishma. Krishna, who Arjuna chose as his charioteer, advised him of his duty. The unimaginable carnage continued during the ensuing days of the battle. With this action, Drona rushed against Satyaki. In the Kurukshetra war, Satyaki and Kritavarma were two important Yadava heroes who fought on the opposing sides.Satyaki fought on the side of the Pandavas, whereas Kritavarma joined the Kauravas. The heroic Satyaki, that best of men, struck Karna in that engagement with twenty keen shafts in the shoulder-joint. Arjuna and Bhagadatta fought a fierce duel, and finally Arjuna succeeded in defeating and killing his antagonist. [27] Each Akshauhini was under a commander or a general, apart from the commander-in-chief or the generalissimo who was the head of the entire army. Formerly at Upaplavya, Arjuna spoke up in the King's assembly, promising, 'I will slay Ganga's son.' Urge the horses on, O Hrishikesha, I will fulfill your desire. He has crushed my troops like an elephant in a sugar cane field. The Narration of the Kurukshetra War. Drona was incapable of defeating the mighty panchalas on his own. Various succession took place due to many kings and rulers' deaths in the war: The center of power in the Gangetic basin shifted from the. He cut down Yudhishthira's bow and the Pandava army feared that their leader would be taken, prisoner. This involved an element of surprise, with the bowmen showering arrows hiding behind the frontal attackers. He also feels guilt for his own actions that led to this war, so destructive to the entire Indian subcontinent. Satyaki fought on the side of the Pandavas, whereas Kritavarma joined the Kauravas. Bhishma, in consultation with his commanders Drona, Bahlika and Kripa, remained in the rear. The Pandava army again suffered against Bhishma's attacks. Arjuna killed thousands of Samsaptakasa, however, he couldn't exterminate all of them. Virata's sons, Uttara and Sweta, were slain by Shalya and Bhishma. Coming upon Abhimanyu's division, Alambhusha began killing his soldiers in hundreds and thousands. Drona only pretended to be a virtuous person. 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