66.THE THIRD DAY'S BATTLE
ON the morning of the third day Bhishma
arrayed his army in eagle formation and
himself led it while Duryodhana and his
forces protected the rear. So great was the
care taken over every detail that the
Kauravas were certain that there could be
no mishap for them that day.
The Pandavas too arrayed their forces
with skill. Dhananjaya and
Dhrishtadyumna decided in favor of a
crescent formation of their army so as
more effectually to cope with the eagle
formation of the enemy's forces.
On the right horn of the crescent stood
Bhima and on the left Arjuna, leading the
respective divisions. The battle began. All
arms were at once engaged and blood
flowed in torrents and the dust that was
raised by chariots, horses and elephants
rose to hide the sun.
Dhananjaya's attack was powerful but the
enemy stood firm. A counter-attack was
made by the Kauravas concentrating on
Arjuna's position. Javelins and spears and
other missiles flew in the air shining like
forked lightning in a thunderstorm.
Like a great cloud of locusts the shafts
covered Arjuna's chariot. But with
amazing skill he raised a moving
fortification around his chariot with
arrows discharged in an unending stream
from his famous bow.
At another point Sakuni led a large force
against Satyaki and Abhimanyu. Satyaki's
chariot was broken to pieces and he had to
scramble up Abhimanyu's chariot and
thereafter both fought from the same
They were able to destroy Sakuni's forces.
Drona and Bhishma jointly attacked
Dharmaputra's division and Nakula and
Sahadeva joined their brother in opposing
Bhima and his son Ghatotkacha attacked
Duryodhana's division and in that day's
battle the son appeared to excel his great
father in valor.
Bhima's shafts hit Duryodhana and he lay
in swoon in his chariot. His charioteer
quickly drove the chariot away from the
scene. He feared that the Kaurava forces
would be completely demoralised if they
saw that the prince had been disabled.
But even this movement created great