These words of Duryodhana were lustily cheered by the others. They
supported his stand and they chose Salya and gave him the supreme command from then on.
Salya was mighty of limb and as brave as any of the warriors who had been killed. The army
was arrayed under hisleadership and the battle raged fiercely.
On the side of the Pandavas, Yudhishthira now led the attack personally
against Salya. It astonished everyone to see how the man, who was till then the very
incarnation of gentle ness, fought so furiously.
The battle was equal for a long while, when Yudhishthira hurled at
Salya, his spear which went straight and struck him. Like the great flagstaff at the end
of a festive function, Salya's body lay lifeless on the field, crimson with blood.
When Salya, the last of the great generals, fell dead, the Kaurava army
lost all hope. The surviving sons of Dhritarashtra, however, joined together and attacked
Bhima from all sides. He slew them all.
The son of Vayu had nourished his burning anger for thirteen years from
the time Draupadi was insulted in the Hall of Assembly. He said to himself now: "I
have not lived in vain, but Duryodhana still lives," and smiled grimly.