Saying thus, the grandsire resumed his operations. The turn of events in
the forenoon had been so much in their favour that the delighted Pandavas were now
They did not expect Bhishma to rally his forces and attack them again.
But stung by Duryodhana's reproaches, the grandsire raged about the field like a
He rallied his men and delivered the most severe attack yet made on the
Pandava army. The latter thought that the grandsire had multiplied himself into a number
of Bhishmas fighting at several points; so swift were his movements that afternoon-
The who opposed him were struck down and perished like months in the
fire. The Pandava army was thoroughly broken and began to scatter. Vasudeva, Partha and
Sikhandin tried hard to restore order and confidence, but were unsuccessful.
"Dhanjaya," said Krishna, "now has the critical time
come. Be true to your decision not to flinch from your duty to kill in battle Bhishma,
Drona and all the other friends and relatives and respected elders. You have pledged
yourself to it and you have now to carry it out. Otherwise our army is lost beyond
redemption. You must now attack the grandsire."