Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 10: The Battle Between the Demigods and the Demons

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.10.42

sa tān āpatataḥ śakras

tāvadbhiḥ śīghra-vikramaḥ

ciccheda niśitair bhallair

asamprāptān hasann iva


saḥhe (Indra); tān — arrows; āpatataḥ — while moving toward him and falling down; śakraḥIndra; tāvadbhiḥ — immediately; śīghra-vikramaḥ — was practiced to oppress very soon; ciccheda — cut to pieces; niśitaiḥ — very sharp; bhallaiḥ — with another type of arrow; asamprāptān — the enemy's arrows not being received; hasan ivaas if smiling.


Before Bali Mahārāja's arrows could reach him, Indra, King of heaven, who is expert in dealing with arrows, smiled and counteracted the arrows with arrows of another type, known as bhalla, which were extremely sharp.

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