The ShivSrushti Museum presents a fascinating gallery that will take you back to the 17th century and make you witness the weapons used by Shivaji Maharaj and his army. Arms and Armour is a gallery that showcases a variety of weapons from Shivaji Maharaj’s era or 17th century. You will be able to view Maratha, Mughal and south Indian weapons at a same gallery. Also some important weapons are displayed in 3D such as Waghnakhe (Tiger Claw).
Some of the weapons displayed in this gallery are:
Talwar : A type of curved sword that was commonly used by the Maratha army under the leadership of Shivaji Maharaj. The Talwar was one of the most versatile and effective weapons in the Maratha arsenal and played a significant role in many battles during the 17th century. The Talwar was designed for both cutting and thrusting, and its unique curve made it an effective weapon for both offence and defence. Shivaji Maharaj himself was a skilled Talwar fighter and was known to use weapons in battle.
Bichwa: A type of dagger that had a curved blade and a looped handle. The Bichwa was often concealed in the sleeve or belt of the wielder and was used for surprise attacks or self-defence. The Bichwa was also used as a secondary weapon along with a sword or a shield.
Danda Patta: A type of weapon that consisted of a wooden staff or pole (danda) with a curved blade (patta) attached to the end. The Danda Patta was used for both slashing and stabbing, and its long reach gave it an advantage over shorter weapons. The Danda Patta was also known as Kutch Pata or Patta Sword.
Khanjar: A type of royal dagger that had a double-edged blade and a cross-guard. The Khanjar was often decorated with jewels and engravings and was used as a symbol of status and authority. The Khanjar was also used for close combat or ceremonial purposes.
Kurhaad: A type of fighting axe that had a heavy metal head with a sharp edge. The Kurhaad was used for chopping, hacking, or throwing, and its weight gave it a powerful impact. The Kurhaad was also known as Farsa or Tabarzin.
Gupti: A type of sword that had a straight blade and a concealed scabbard. The Gupti was designed to look like an ordinary walking stick or cane but could be drawn out quickly when needed. The Gupti was used for stealthy attacks or self-defence.
Kataar: A type of punch dagger that had a triangular blade and two sidebars that formed a grip. The Kataar was held in the fist and thrust forward with great force. The Kataar could pierce through armour or flesh easily and was often worn on both hands.
Dhanushya-Baan : A type of bow and arrow that was used for long-range attacks or hunting. The Dhanushya-Baan consisted of a wooden bow (dhanushya) that could be bent by pulling on a string (baan). The arrows (teer) were made of wood, metal, or bamboo, and had different types of tips such as iron, steel, poison, fire, etc.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Arms and Armour at the ShivSrushti Museum and experience the thrill and glory of a bygone era.