Drona then turned and attacked Satyaki, which enabled the Panchala
warriors to take Dhrishtadyumna away. Drona, hissing like a black cobra, his eyes red with
anger, advanced on Satyaki who was among the front rank warriors on the Pandava side and
who, when he saw Drona desiring battle, went forward to accept the challenge.
"Here is the man who, giving up his vocation as a brahmana has
taken up the profession of fighting and is causing distress to the Pandavas," Satyaki
said to his charioteer. 'This man is the principal cause of Duryodhana's arrogance. This
man fancies himself a very great soldier and is ever bursting with conceit. I must teach
him a lesson. Take the chariot up quickly."
Satyaki's charioteer accordingly lashed the silver-white horses and
took the car at a great pace. Satyaki and Drona shot shafts at one another so quick that
they covered the sun, and the battlefield was indarkness for a while. The steel shafts
swished glimmering like newly-sloughed snakes rushing about.