"The valiant Adwatthaman, then staying resolutely on his vimana (flying machine!) touched water and invoked the Agneya
weapon, incapable of being resisted by the very Gods. Aiming at all his visible and invisible foes,
the preceptor's son, that Slayer of hostile heroes, inspired with mantras a blazing shaft of the
effulgence of a smokeless fire and let it off on all sides, filled with rage. Dense showers of arrows
then issued from it in the welkin. Endued with fiery flames those arrows encompassed Parthie on all sides.
Meteors flashed down from the firmament. A thick gloom suddenly shrouded the (Pandava) host. All points of
the compass also were enveloped by that darkness... Inauspicious winds began to blow. The Sun himself no
longer gave any heat... The very elements seemed to be perturbed... The Universe scorched with heats seemed
to be in a fever. The elephants and other creatures of the land scorched by the energy of that weapon,
ran in fright, breathing heavily and desirous of protection against that terrible force. The very water
being heated, the creatures residing in that element, O Bharata, became exceedingly uneasy and seemed to
Huge elephants burnt by that weapon, fell down on the Earth all around, uttering fierce cries loud as
those of the clouds. Other huge elephants, scorched by that fire, ran hither and thither, roared aloud
in fear, as if in the midst of a forest conflagration. The steeds, O King, and the cars also burnt by
that weapon looked, O Sire, like the tops of trees burnt in a forest fire."
From page 677 of the transcription of the ancient Drona Parva text