Hilt of an indian sword decorated with gold


Arms and armour have featured as a central part of Indian culture from the earliest times. The heroes of early epic stories, such as the Mahabharata, often ride on chariots and shoot bows. Archery played a central role in all Indian military until the widespread introduction of firearms in the 18th century.

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The iron lady of India

The most famous 19th century female warrior was the Rani of Jhansi, who recruited female gunners and troopers. She was often seen in the palace gardens controlling her horses with the reins held between her teeth and a sword in each hand.