Maharashtra cultural affairs minister Sudhir Mungantiwar reiterated that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's dagger 'wagh nakh', an iron weapon used to kill Bijapur sultanate's general Afzal Khan in 1659 will likely be brought back to India from the United Kingdom in November.
The ‘wagh nakh’ – an iron weapon shaped like tiger claws – was used by the Maratha leader to kill the Bijapur sultanate's general Afzal Khan. Designed to slash through skin and muscle, the small weapon is currently part of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
He also said efforts were also on to bring the famed 'Jagdamba' sword of the 17th century Maratha warrior king from a London museum.
Wagh Nakh, sometimes also referred to as 'Bagh nakh' or 'Vagh nakhya' is a claw-shaped weapon which has its origins in India. The weapon is designed in a way that it can fit over the knuckles.
While it was never used as an official weapon, given its size and design, Wagh Nakh could be concealed effectively and be used to conduct assassinations.
The ‘Jagdamba’ was the ceremonial sword that belonged to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaji IV, the descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, had presented the sword ‘Jagdamba’, set with diamonds and rubies, to Albert Edward, who was then the Prince of Wales and would later ascend to the throne as King Edward VII in 1875-76.
The sword is kept at Saint James’s Palace in London under the purview of the British Royal Family.