Long did this equal combat continue. Drona of unrivalled skill in archery
then resolved on killing Satyaki and sent the fire astra. But Satyaki saw this and, losing
no time, sent the Varuna astra to counteract it.
But now Satyaki's strength began to fail and, seeing this, the Kaurava
warriors were glad and shouted in satisfaction. When Yudhishthira saw Satyaki was hard
pressed, he told those nearby to go to Satyaki's relief. "Our great and good hero
Yuyudhana* is being overpowered by Drona.
You should go there at once," he said to Dhrishtadyumna. "The
brahmana will otherwise slay Satyaki in a few minutes. Why are you hesitating? Go at once.
Drona is playing with Satyaki as a cat plays with a bird. Satyaki is
indeed in the paws of the Destroyer." Yudhishthira ordered the army to make a
powerful attack on Drona.
Satyaki was saved with difficulty. Just then, the sound of Krishna's
conch was heard from the sector where Arjuna was fighting.