Indian Martial Arts - शस्त्र का शास्त्रा - शस्त्र का शास्त्र | Indian Martial Arts – Dhop

A weapon-based Indian martial art, Mardani Khel originated in Maharashtra among the Marathas in the early 1600s. The Marathas were homespun warriors whose martial art was distinctive because of the use of the Pata (sword) and the Vita (corded lance). Mardani Khel rose to prominence under the leadership of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who relied heavily on the guerrilla tactics of Maratha units. Today, Mardani Khel exists only as a performing art and as a powerful reminder of the Maratha valiance.

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