He got up on his renowned elephant Supratika and charged against
Bhimasena. The gigantic beast rushed forward with widespread ears and twirling
trunk,crashed into Bhimasena's chariot, and in an instant, horses and vehicle were
anunrecognizable mass, but Bhima escaped by jumping off the car in the nick of time.
He knew all about elephants. He got below thegreat and fierce elephant
andshowered blows on vital points until the great beast got mad and whirled round like a
potter's wheel, trying to throw off Bhimasena, who was sticking to its legs and harrying
it from below.
It bent down and caught Bhima by its trunk andwas about to crush him
under itsknees, when Vrikodara somehow releasedhimself from its hold and again got below,
in between its limbs and sticking to the ele- phant's under-regions, caused exceeding pain
to the beast.
Bhima was thus gaining time in the hope that some elephant on the
Pandava side would be led to attack Bhagadatta's elephant and enable him to get away.
But, when Bhima disappeared from view, being hidden in between the
beast's legs, the soldiers thought Bhima was slain. They exclaimed "Bhima is dead!
Bhagadatta's elephant has crushed Bhimasena!" and the cry was repeated all over