On the battlefield they lived up to their fame. Saluting the Ganas of the Battlefield, saluting the Rannbhairava, every stirrup drew out a weapon.
Courage surged through their veins as they outfitted themselves like Vīrshri Bhairava... And adorned themselves with the glory of their valour.
Helmets, Chainmail, Cuirass, Vambraces, Gauntlets, Greaves, Shemaghs, were equipped! Swords, Maces,Axes,Daggers,TigerClaws, Lances, Rods, Scythes,Sickles, Slingshots,Clubs,Javelins,Pistols, Muskets, Rockets were gathered as their bodies charged with bloodlust and hunger for war!
The army with the valorous machismo warriors ever ready to give and take lives, the Maratha Kshatriyas from the Shahnav Kulas of renown, bedecked themselves in their war-gear and galloped out in rank and file on their caparisoned steeds.
The landscape was stormed by the myriads of their House Banners; Viridescent, Scarlet, Ochre, Amaranthine, Ashen, Stygian, and the Holy Saffron.
As one cast their eyes on them,
The army appeared like the ocean at high tide of a full Moon, that has surged forward... breaking it's barriers..."
— Description of Shahnav Kulin Mahrattas from Panipatāche Bakhār (1761)

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