whom have blood red banners, are foremost of the Rathas.
Kasika, and Sukumara, and Nila, and that other one,
., Suryadatta, and Sankha, otherwise called
Madiraswa, are all in my judgment, the foremost of
Rathas. Possessed of every qualification that
renders them fit for battle, they are acquainted with
all weapons, and all of them are endued with high souls.
Vardhakshemi, O king, is in my judgment, a Maharatha.
King Chitrayudha is, in my judgment, one of the best
of Rathas. He is, besides, an asset in battle
and devotedly attached to the diadem-decked (Arjuna).
Those mighty car-warriors, those tigers among men,
Chekitana, and Satyadhriti, are two of the best Rathas
of the Pandavas in my judgment. Vyaghradatta,
O monarch, and Chandrasena also, O Bharata, are without
doubt two of the best Rathas, as I think, of the Pandavas.
Senavindu, O king, otherwise called Krodhahantri by
name, who, O lord, is regarded as equal of Vasudeva
and of Bhimasena, will contend with great prowess in
battle against your warriors. Indeed, that best
of kings, ever boasting of his feats in battle, should
be regarded by thee, precisely as myself, Drona and
Kripa are regarded by thee! That best of men,
worthy of praise, viz
., Kasya, is endued with
great lightness of hand in the use of weapons.
Indeed, that subjugator of hostile cities is known
to me as equal to one Ratha. Drupada’s
son, Satyajit, young in years and displaying great
prowess in battle, should be regarded as equal to eight
Rathas. Indeed being Dhrishtadyumna’s equal,
he is an Atiratha. Desirous of spreading the
fame of the Pandavas, he will achieve great feats.
Devoted to the Pandavas and endued with great bravery,
there is another great Ratha of the Pandavas, viz
king Pandya, that bowman of mighty energy. The
mighty bowman Dhridadhanwan is another Maharatha of
the Pandavas. O subjugator of hostile cities,
that foremost of Kurus, viz
., Srenimat and king
Vasudeva are both, in my judgment, Atirathas.’”
“Bhishma said, ’O great king, Rochamana
is another Maharatha of the Pandavas. He will,
O Bharata, contend in battle against hostile warriors,
like a second god. That subjugator of foes, the
mighty bowman Kuntibhoja of great strength, the maternal
uncle of Bhimasena, is, in my judgment, an Atiratha.
This mighty and heroic bowman is well-versed and highly
skilled in fight. Acquainted with all modes of
warfare, this bull among car-warriors is regarded
by me as exceedingly competent. Displaying his
prowess he will fight, like a second Indra against
the Danavas. Those celebrated soldiers that he
owns are all accomplished in fight. Stationed
on the side of the Pandavas and devoted to what is
agreeable and beneficial to them, that hero will,
for the sake of his sister’s sons achieve extra-ordinary
feats. That prince of Rakshasas (Ghatotkacha),
O king, born of Bhima and Hidimva, and endued with
ample powers of illusion, is, in my judgment, a leader
of the leaders of car-divisions. Fond of battle,
and endued with powers of illusion, he will, O sire,
fight earnestly in battle. Those heroic Rakshasas
who are his counsellors or dependents will also fight