THE Pandavas, proceeding according to plan, had closely followed Abhimanyu
when he broke into the Kaurava formation, but Dhritarashtra's son-in-law Jayadratha, the
gallant king of the Sindhus, swooped down upon the Pandavas with all hisforces and enabled
the breach in the formation to be effectively and solidly closed up, so that the Pandavas
found it impossible to force their way in.
Yudhishthira hurled a javelin and cut Jayadratha's bow, but, in an
instant, the Saindhava took up another bow and sent unerring shafts at Dharmaputra.
Bhimasena's arrows made deadly work, crashing down the canopy and
flagstaff of Jayadratha's car. But the Saindhava, was alert and re-armed himself, each
time his equipment was broken. 'He killed Bhima's chariot horses, and the latter had to go
into Satyaki's car.
In this manner, Jayadratha, with stubborn valour, prevented the Pandavas from entering
in Abhimanyu's wake. The young hero was thus isolated and surrounded by the Kaurava forces.