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Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons . Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “ the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India.

The wooden scabbard covered with red silk velvet with Rajasthani locket and chape in brass depicting the lion mounted Goddess (simhavāhinī) in the center with some gilding adds to the charm of the object.

During Navratri the kshatriyas take their weapons to the temple and dedicate them to the Goddess Durgā, the warrior form of Pārvatī, whose fierceness can be imagined from the fact that her mount is a tiger or a lion. Tigers and Indian lions were ubiquitous and were both considered royal beasts with parity in Indian iconography. This Khanjar from our collection has a Lion headed hilt made of silver gilt set with gems, fish net wire grip over the cylindrical grip and lion design on the upper hilt. It has a curved double edge watered steel Indian blade with some reinforcement at the point, central rib and gold koftgari decoration at the forte with birds and foliage.

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