ON the morning of the third day Bhishma arrayed his army in eagle
formation and himself led it while Duryodhana and his forces protected the rear. So great
was the care taken over every detail that the Kauravas were certain that there could be no
mishap for them that day.
The Pandavas too arrayed their forces with skill. Dhananjaya and Dhrishtadyumna decided
in favour of a crescent formation of their army so as more effectually to cope with the
eagle formation of the enemy's forces.
On the right horn of the crescent stood Bhima and on the left Arjuna, leading the
respective divisions.The battle began. All arms were at once engaged and blood flowed in
torrents and the dust that was raised by chariots, horses and elephants rose to hide the
Dhananjaya's attack was powerful but the enemy stood firm. A counter-attack was made by
the Kauravas concentrating on Arjuna's position. Javelins and spears and other missiles
flew in the air shining like forked lightning in a thunderstorm.