sa tān āpatataḥ śakras
ciccheda niśitair bhallair
asamprāptān hasann iva
saḥ—he (Indra); tān—arrows; āpatataḥ—while moving toward him and falling down; śakraḥ—Indra; 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 iva—as 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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