THE Pandava army, having fared badly on the first day of the battle,
Dhrishtadyumna, the Generalissimo, devised measures to avoid a repetition of it. On the
second day, the army was most carefully arrayed and everything was done to instil
Duryodhana, filled with conceit on account of the success on the first
day, stood in the centre of his army and addressed his warriors.
"Heroes in armour", he said in a loud voice, "our
victory is assured. Fight and care not for life."
The Kaurava army, led by Bhishma, again made strong attack on the
Pandava forces and broke their formation, killing large numbers.
Arjuna, turning to Krishna, his charioteer, said: "If we continue
in this way, our army will soon be totally destroyed by the grandsire. Unless we slay
Bhishma, I am afraid we can not save our army."