10 Of The Deadliest Weapons From Ancient India You’d Probably Stand No Chance Against
If humanity has improved on anything in the last few years, it has to be weaponry.
Global hunger be damned, the one thing we can’t help but working on is new and efficient ways to kill each other. But despite guns nukes and the whole range of modern artillery, there was an elegance to ancient weaponry that we can’t recapture.
Because killing a guy with a gun is alright, killing him with a flying disc of death is pretty awesome. Cruel and unnecessary, but awesome.
The dreaded circular blade made its mark not just because of its unique shape, but also the proficiency of those you used it.
It was primarily used as a throwing weapon, famous for decapitating people with one well-aimed blow, but could also be used in hand-to-hand combat.
Early references to the weapon were found in the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The tri-bladed Haladie was more a status symbol among Rajputs than a weapon of war, but skilled fighters could still put its three-pronged blades to great use.
An Indian battle-axe, Parashus were either single or double bladed and made of iron.
In Hindu mythology, it was the weapon of Lord Shiva who handed it to Parashurama, the sixth Avatar of Vishnu.
One of the most popular weapons from antiquity, the Gada was a mace of great weight, effective against heavy armour that couldn’t be pierced by lighter blades.
Traditionally the weapon of Lord Hanuman, the Gada even has its own martial arts style attached to it with 20 ways to handle the formidable weapon.
#5 Bagh Nakha
Literally meaning Tiger Claw, the Bagh Nakha was popularly worn as a concealed weapon.
Inspired by the paws of predatory cats, poisoned Bagh Nakha were apparently used by the Rajputs for assassinations. But the weapon only really gained notoriety when it was used by Shivaji Maharaj to defeat Afzal Khan.
Nihang Sikhs were known to wear it inside their turbans to maintain the element of surprise as well.
One of the most bizarre weapons ever made, accounts of the Urumi go back as far as the Maurya empire.
It was a was a flexible whip blade that was extremely dangerous to use. Only warriors who had mastered all the other forms of weaponry were taught to wield it.
The Sri Lankan version attached up to 32 blades on each arm.
A deadly combination of gauntlet and sword, the Dandpatta utilized either locally made blades or even parts from swords after the British invasion. It was mainly used during the Mughal era and was used against armoured infantry to great effect.
A curved machete, the Khukuri is most associated with Gorkha regiments in the Indian army.
A popular weapon among Nepali and Assamese warriors, the Khukuri is still used in various Nepalese rituals, including weddings.
Characterized by its unique hand grip, the Katar had multiple ceremonial as well as defensive uses.
The weapon originated in South India and was later used by many high-class Mughals and Rajputs to hunt with. It was thought that killing a beast like a Tiger with such a weapon was a sure sign of immense bravery.
The Kirpan originated during the Mughal occupation of Punjab, when Sikhism arose as a counter to mainstream Hindu and Muslim religious teachings.
At that point in time, the relationship between the Sikhs and Mughals was favourable because of King Akbar’s religious tolerance, however, under the reign of Jehangir, it was much more strained.
This is what led to the forming of the sant-sipahi and the last Guru, Gibind Sinh making the carrying of a Kirpan mandatory so the Sikhs could defend themselves against oppression.
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