While Vrishaketu, Bhima and Meghavarna lay waiting, the multi colored horse made its appearance.It was decorated very beautifully, protected by thousands of soldiers. It was preceeded by priests, offering it sandal paste and kumkum
The air was rent with the
sounds of mantras and musical instruments, roars of warriors and trumpeting of elephants. The author says that since the horse was to be blessedwith the darshan of Krishna in future, it was already being worshiped so honourably.
Meghvarna, ready and eager to plunge into battle, informs Bhima that he will make the first attempt to catch the horse. He makes a skyward leap and with this asuri maya shakti , creates darkness accompanied by thunder and lightening. The darkness was so great that the heavenly chariots of the devas could not move about. One of the Devas approached Indra and reported that an asura with evil intentions was creating chaos with his maya. Indra, ever worried about the security of his throne, sends a messenger to inquire who Meghvarna was. Meghvarna, replied that he was the grandson of Bhima and Hidimbaa, and stated his purpose, adding that Indra can peacefully relax on his throne. Indra, happy that he did not have to contend with yet another asura, and other devas began gathering on the sidelines, cheering Meghavarna.
Meghavarna, made a downward swoop towards the place where the horse was tethered, and creating a tempest which threw the soldiers into disarray, fled upwards with the horse.
Once the confusion abated, the soldiers saw Meghvarna and the horse stationed somewhere in the sky and began showering him with arrows.
By this time, news of the surprise attack reached Yauvanasva and he dispatched four thousand
chariot warriors. Meghavarna throwing rocks on them, killed some of them.
Seeing all the action, Vrishketu began getting restless as he too wanted to be in the thick of the battle. Offering pranam to Bhima, Vrishketu marched on foot to where the battle was taking palce and began showering arrows on the enemy soldiers. So intense was his attack that the enemy dispersed.
Meanwhile, Yauvanasva personally comes to the batllefield. Bhima wants to fight him personally, but Vrishketu would have none of that. Obtaining a promise from Bhima that he (Bhima) would enter the batlle only when Vrishketu was incapacitated , the son of Karna marched forward,
Somewhere in the course of battle, Vrishketu falls unconcious. Bhima jumps in the fray fiercely attacking Yauvansva, By this time, The king's son Suvega also arrives to assist his father and he too is attacked by Bhima.
Vrishaketu recovers consciousness and aims five sharp arrows at Yauvanasva which makes the king faint. Bhima meanwhile overcomes Suvega.
When the king recovers, he accepts defeat and offers to surrender the horse. Bhima, in turn, invites the king along with his family to Hastinapur .
Edited by varaali - 01 February 2012 at 1:14am