TEXT 42
sa tān āpatataḥ śakras
tāvadbhiḥ śīghra-vikramaḥ
ciccheda niśitair bhallair
asamprāptān hasann iva
SYNONYMS
saḥ—he (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 iva—as if smiling.
TRANSLATION
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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