When he said so to Kanka (the assumed name by which Yudhishthira was known
in Virata's court) the latter said: "O king, be not worried. Even though I am a
hermit, I am an expert in warfare.
I shall put on armour and go in a chariot and drive away your enemies.
Please instruct that your -keeper Dharmagranthi and your cow cook Valala, youre
stable herd Tantripala may also get into chariots and help us. I have heard that they are
great fighters. Kindly give orders that the necessary chariots and the weapons may be
given to us."
Delighted, Virata was only too willing to accept the offer. The
chariots were ready. All the Pandavas excepting Arjuna went out with the army of Virata to
oppose Susarma and his men.
A fierce fight ensued between the armies of Virata and Susarma, with
much loss of life on both sides. Susarma attacked Virata and surrounded his chariot,
compelling him to get down and fight on foot.
Susarma captured Virata and held him captive in his chariot. With the
capture of Virata, the army of Matsya lost heart and began to scatter in all directions,
when Yudhishthira commanded Bhima to attack Susarma and release Virata and rally the
scattered Matsya forces.