Sabala could not understand why she was being roughly handled and she was
unwilling to go away from the sage and his aashrama. Shedding tears, she wondered how she
had offended Vasishtha that he should stand by and look on while she was being dragged
away. The cow easily put to flight the soldiers and sought refuge at the feet of the sage.
Moved by the piteous appeal of his beloved
cow, who Was like a younger sister to him, the sage said: "Bring forth soldiers to
resist Viswaamitra's men."
Sabala instantaneously did so, and the
aggressors were soon worsted. Wild with rage, Viswaamitra got into his chariot and, taking
up his bow, rained arrows on the soldiers brought forth by the cow, but their strength was
inexhaustible, and the royal forces suffered utter defeat. The sons of Viswaamitra now
chose Vasishtha himself as their target, only to be reduced to ashes.