THE GREAT KURUKSHETRA WAR - SIXTH DAY
The sixth day of the great Mahabharatha war was marked by a prodigious slaughter. Drona caused immeasurable loss of life on the Pandava side. The formations of both the armies were broken.
Taking advantage of the confusion and chaos prevailing in both the sides, the Kaurava brothers, Duhsasana and Durvishaha, Durmada and Duhsaha, Jaya and Jayatsena, Vikarna and Chitrasena, Charuchitra and Suvarna, planned a concerted drive to isolate Bhima and kill him. Duhsasana exhorted his brothers exclaiming, "This is a golden opportunity. Now or never. Let us surround and slay the ferocious pest." Vrikodara did not confine himself to the chariot. He said to his charioteer, " My dear Visoka, the Kaurava brothers are surrounding our chariot with so many of their chariots. My freedom of movement will be circumscribed if I remain on my chariot. I am getting down to fight with my mace. I can wreck their chariots in quick succession. Do not be afraid. Please bide your time and come to me at the appropriate time."
Bhima, jumped from his chariot, with the iron mace and advanced forward wrecking the chariots and killing the elephants on his way. Whenever there was confusion, the attention of the Pandava leaders turned towards Bhima, who was know for his adventurous spirit. Dhrishtayumna went in search of Bhima. When he found Bhima's chariot unoccupied, Dhrishtayumna's anxiety reached its zenith. He enquired in consternation, "Visoka, where is Bhimasena, Why are you sitting idle? I am worried about his welfare. I love him more than my life." Visoka stood up in military salute and replied in cool tones, "Generalissimo, he has instructed me to stay here and went forward with the mace in hands anticipating a concerted attack by the Kaurava brothers. I think there is no cause for worry."
At one point, Duryodhana and Bhima came face to face and exchanged hot words and hotter arrows. Bhima brought down the standard of Duryodhana, killed his charioteer and smashed the chariot to pieces. Duryodhan swooned on the wreckage of his chariot. Kripa rushed to the scene, put him into his chariot and rendered him first aid. Duryodhana was hit at a number of places and Kripa removed the shafts from his armour carefully. Dhrishtayumna continued to fight with the Kaurava Princes and hurled at them the stupor missile, which was given to him by Drona. The Kaurava princes fell on their chariots, unconscious and seemed quite lifeless. There was consternation in the Kaurava camp. Drona immediately came to the spot and brought back the princes to consciousness with the help of the anti stupor missile.
Bhishma and Arjuna continued their fight in another sector till sunset. Bhishma promptly announced the suspension of hostilities for the day. Bhishma took pity on Duryodhana and exhorted him, "You need not be disheartened. In life as well as war, vicissitudes are as common as waves in the ocean. You are now the Lord of the greatest army that the world has ever known. The strength of the Pandava army has been depleted considerably. In fact there is a cause for the Pandavas to worry. Your army is in tact. Duryodhana was heartened at the encouragement given by Bhishma and went to his residence and slept peacefully.