Martial Arts used by Shivaji Maharaj - Mardani Khel | Something #VeryMaharashtrian

The Maratha's were known to be homespun warriors whose martial art was distinctive. Mardani khel a Maharashtrian form of Martial Arts originated in Maharashtra around the early 1600s. Mardaani khel rose to prominence under the leadership of Shivaji who relied on the guerilla tactics of Maratha units. During 18th century British colonists recognized the military qualities of the Maratha people and in 1768 the Maratha Light Infantry regiment was formed which still exists. It is the oldest and most renowned regiment in the Indian army. Today, Mardani Khel is considered to be a performing art and a reminder of the valiant heritage of the Marathas.

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