See there, the clouds of arrows! The Pandava army is attacking us in great
force. Yudhishthira is here unsupported by Arjuna and is this not just the opportunity we
wanted? Our very plan has borne fruit and I must now take Yudhishthira prisoner and
deliver him to you. I cannot give up this objective and run after Phalguna now.
If I go after Arjuna now, our battle array will be hopelessly broken
and we shall be lost. Let me put this armour on you. Go in confidence. Do not fear. You
have valour, skill and experience. This coat will protect you against all weapons. It will
not let any blow pass through your body.
Go forth to battle, Duryodhana, in confi- dence as Indra did, clad in
the armour given by Brahma. May victory be yours." Duryodhana's confidence was
restored and, as the acharya directed, he went, accoutred in magic armour and accom-
panied by a large force of soldiers, to attack Arjuna.
Arjuna had crossed the Kaurava army and gone far ahead towards where
Jayadratha had been kept for safety. Seeing that the horses were somewhat fatigued,
Krishna stopped the chariot and was about to unyoke the tired animals, when thebrothers
Vinda and Anuvinda came up suddenly and began to attack Arjuna.