The three battle swords of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Maharaj.

Shivaji's sword,sword ‘Jagdamba’

 Sword Credit : Google

Chhatrapati Shivaji, one of the greatest warriors of the 17th century is remembered with respect and reverence across India. His war exploits against the British, the Deccani muslim sultanates and the Mogul rulers are quite well known. His jayanti is held on a grand scale in Maharashtra, his native land every year on 19 February  and it is a government holiday in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.  Sudhir Mungantiwar, the state’s Cultural Minister, Maharashtra announced recently that the government is committed to bringing the sword back before 2024. before  Shivaji Maharaj's birth anniversary. 

Among many weapons possessed by ruler Shivaji  the three superior quality swords possessed by him  are widely mentioned in the records.  The Maharashtra minister is referring to the  Sword Jagadamba (also called  Jagdamba Talwar)  is in the museum at buckingham Palace in London as part of Indian Treasures; the one Indian king loved very much.  It was gifted to then prince of Wales Edward VII.while he was on a visit to India.  

Chhatrapati Shivaji's famous three  battle swords are::

Bhavani sword of Shivaji Maharaj.

01. The sword Bhavani: It is  now with Chhatrapati udayanraje Bhosale, the Chhatrapati of Satara and Descendent of Shivaji Maharaj .

 Hilt of word Credit : Google

02. The Sword Jagadamba or Jagdamba Talwar: It is in the museum at buckingham Palace in London.

Sword Tulja Credit : Google

03. The Sword Tulja:  Presently at  Sindhudurg temple and is being under the control of   Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Bhosale who is Chhatrapati of Kolhapur throne of Marathas and also descendant of Shivaji Maharaj. Its location was  found only recently.  

As for the sword in London, according to available historical records, it was gifted to King Edward VII during his India tour in 1875-76. The King was then the Prince of Wales (yet to become a king) and was on visit to Karveer Sansthan - today’s Kolhapur. Edward had a flair for collecting weapons  and after receiving the sword  once owned by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, being a cautious man, he  had offered a return gift — another sword to the Kolhapur king back then. The said sword is currently placed in the Palace of Kolhapur.

The Maharashtra government announced on November 10, 2022, that it was attempting to bring the sword of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj back to India from England  to bring it  by 2024 to mark the completion of 350 years of the coronation of the Maratha king. (Shivaji was crowned emperor of his realm at Raigad fort on June 6, 1674.) 

The minister had a proposal to talk to the present PM of England Rishi Sunak. The ceremonial sword Jagdamba, which is in the control of the British Royal Family, is kept at Saint James’s Palace.