Ancient Indian Empires and Weapons

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  1. dhananjay1

    dhananjay1 Senior Member Senior Member

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    The first one looks more from Gupta period than Pala period. There is a Gupta period inscription found from the site, so there was some gupta period structure on the site before Dharmapala built Somapura mahavihara.
     
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    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    I agree with you. Good eye.=============================
     
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  3. Haldiram

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    There are classifications of weapons (and warriors), based on their range and type (ranged weapons vs melee weapons).

    Mukta (kinetic weapons which can be released : arrows etc)

    Amukta (weapons which cannot be released : battering ram)

    Mukta-Amukta (weapons which can be thrown and boomerang back : throwing axe, sudarshan chakra)

    Arjuna had the knowledge of Akshya Trunira (unending quiver) where his chariot kept producing arrows and reloading it in his quiver like a machine gun.

    The ranged weapons were further classified as :

    Pani-mukta : thrown by hand (spear)

    Yantra-mukta : thrown by machine (catapult)

    Mantra-mukta (the one you are referring to) : these come from the individual siddhis received by the warriors during their lifetime. There are 15+ of them. Brahmastra, Narayanastra etc. There's one very fascinating one called Gandharv-astra which sprinkles Manojava particles (mentioned in Mudaka Upanishad) on the chariot and he zips around the battle field, in what could be described like Kurt Wagner from X-men.
     
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    Dand-patta : flexible ribbon sword used in Ganimi-kawa (guerrilla warfare)

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    There's a multiple blade version of this called Urumi, used in Kalari-pattu.

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    Is this the same one Bajirao used?
     
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    Urmi was used by Bajirao, the Urmi has more flexible blade whereas Dandpata is having a special grip which is able to cover whole fist

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    Maurya aged Kumara with spear or battle axe
     
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    This one is Bajirao's patta

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    Can you tell us which Dynasty created this? Thanks
     
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    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    Cant recall.
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    Chola Era Hero Stone of an archer.
     
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    India war-elephant armours, although not "ancient" but medieval & Mughal era.
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    Unlike Celucid war-elephants there's no evidence, nor pictorial/sculptural depictions of armoured war elephants in India before 1000 AD... which could explain foreign invaders after invaders, who've never fought or even seen elephants before, succeeding against Indian armies despite their presence in almost every battle.

    After all, Roman light infantry (hastati) armed with only javelins, killed all but one of Hannibal's 40 unarmoured war-elephants in a single battle within months of him reaching Italy by crossing Alps! Light cavalry would overcome them much more easily with arrows.
     
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    Classic Mughal vs Rajput nobility armour (17th Century).
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    Same armour continued till 19th century. Typical of medieval India, there's been next to no upgradation & advancement even after 2 long centuries. a96ElA6.jpg
    (Maybe) Indian-origin armour in a Polish museum... Plate armour was very rare in the sub-continent, almost non-existent other than for the Emperor or Princes themselves. 0710_Waffen_und_RĂ¼stungen_aus_dem_Historischen_Museum_in_Sanok.JPG
     
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    Not Indian, but will help comprehend the stark contrast in attitude at Europe entering Renaissance... which underwent basically a 500-year-long arms race.
    Almost everything became obsolete within maximum half a century & either went out of use, or was heavily enhanced.
     

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