Gyaneshwari 15

Gyaneshwari -Sant Gyaneshwar


Despondency of Arjuna

17. And the king of Kashi, the great bowman and Sikhandi, the great warrior Dhrishtadyumna and Virata and unvanquished Satyaki,

18. And Drupada and Draupadi’s sons from all sides, O king, and the mighty-armed son of Subhadra blew the conches separately.

19. That noise pierced the hearts of Dhritarashtra’s sons, resounding tumultuously throughout the heavens and earth. Many kings who had gathered there, Drupada son of Draupadi, the mighty-armed king of Kashi, Arjuna’s son, invincible Satyaki, prince Dhrishtadyumna and Shikhandi, as also great kings like Virata and other chief captains blew their conches. Hearing that strident sound both Shesha and the tortoise thought of throwing off the burden of earth they carried. Then all the three worlds began to rock, Meru and Mandara mountains began to reel and the waters of the seas surged upwards to mount Kailasa (151-155).

It seemed as if the earth would tumble down, the sky would shake and the stars would come down in a scatter. Then there was a clammer in Satyaloka that the earth was sinking and gods would be without support. The sun stood still in daytime, and as if the dissolution had come, there was weeping and wailing in all the three worlds. Astonished by this, Lord Krishna feared that the world would come to an end and so he put a stop to that strange tumult. By this the world was saved, else its end had arrived, when Krishna and others started blowing their big conches (156-160).

Although the noise subsided, but its echo, which still lingered, routed the whole army of the Kauravas. As a lion tears a herd of elephants with ease, so the sound of the conches rent the hearts of the Kauravas. When they heard this sound, they readily lost courage and cautioned one another to remain alert and watchful.