ratham mrgendra-dhvajam asritah purat
sva-senaya digvijayaya nirgatah
su-alankrtam—very well decorated; syama—black; turanga—horses; yojitam—tackled; ratham—chariot; mrga-indra—lion; dhvajam—flagged; asritah—under the protection; purat—from the capital; vrtah—surrounded by; ratha—charioteers; asva—cavalry; dvipapatti—elephants; yuktaya—thus being equipped; sva-senaya—along with infantry; digvijayaya—for the purpose of conquering; nirgatah—went out.
Maharaja Pariksit sat on a chariot drawn by black horses. His flag was marked with the sign of a lion. Being so decorated and surrounded by charioteers, cavalry, elephants and infantry soldiers, he left the capital to conquer in all directions.
Maharaja Pariksit is distinguished from his grandfather Arjuna, for black horses pulled his chariot instead of white horses. He marked his flag with the mark of a lion, and his grandfather marked his with the mark of Hanumanji. A royal procession like that of Maharaja Pariksit surrounded by well-decorated chariots, cavalry, elephants, infantry and band not only is pleasing to the eyes, but also is a sign of a civilization that is aesthetic even on the fighting front.
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