balir mahendraá¹ daÅabhis
tribhir airÄvataá¹ Åaraiá¸¥
caturbhiÅ caturo vÄhÄn
baliá¸¥ - MahÄrÄja Bali; mahÄ-indram - the King of heaven; daÅabhiá¸¥ - with ten; tribhiá¸¥ - with three; airÄvatam - AirÄvata, carrying Indra; Åaraiá¸¥ - by arrows; caturbhiá¸¥ - by four arrows; caturaá¸¥ - the four; vÄhÄn - mounted soldiers; ekena - by one; Äroham - the driver of the elephants; Ärcchayat - attacked.
The word vÄhÄn refers to the soldiers on horseback who protected the legs of the carrier elephants. According to the system of military arrangement, the legs of the elephant bearing the commander were also protected.