Flying fire-bright discs, without missed enemies - not the fiction from the legends and myths at all, but the real weapons of Indian warriors. But we start yet with mythology and religion: when conversing about India, without them can not do without them. Legends say that a unique weapon chakra (or chakram) is a gift of the three main gods - Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. The first fell fire, the second endowed the weapon with the magical force of the third eye, and the third joined all the components together, receiving a fiery disk. Showing other gods that he is worthy to have a formidable disk, Vishnu began to fight against the power of evil with the help of this weapon. Chakra was controlled by the power of thought, and after making a throw, the disk returned to the owner's hand.
Of course, this is just a beautiful fairy tale, but the true origin of the chakra causes questions. One of the theories says that the prototype of the ancient Indian weapons should be considered the usual stone, by whom the hunters of the Neolithic era killed beasts. Subsequently, the stone was transformed into a disc-shaped fragment having sharp chips around the edges. It was used for throwing, which proves a high degree of imprisonment of weapons along the edges.
Representatives of the indigenous population of India believed that the use of chakra as weapons could not cause any harm to the karma of its owner, since immediate contact with the enemy is excluded. The defeat of the enemy at a distance is not the case that can damage the aura. It was believed that directed by throwing chakra, it acts on its own, and the person does not personally participate in the murder. And the sharp tip of weapons could cut off his hand or leg of the enemy and even his head.
An experienced fighter could hit the enemy chakram at a distance of 150 meters! To pinch chakras in the enemy, it was necessary to initially unlock it on the finger or a special rod. But much more dangerous was a throw, resembling modern throwing plates - holding a disk between a large and index finger. It becomes clear that only the most experienced warriors could throw such a weapon - otherwise there was a risk of entering either an ally, or worship himself.
The descendant of Sikhov shows its mastery of possession of the chakram:
Up to twelve century, almost all young men of wealthy families should learn how to handle the unique weapons of the ancient gods. Then the Indians began to adopt the experience of doing the fight in other nations. Over time, the weapon began to lose its relevance in combat battles and was transformed into the category of martial arts, which was practiced only by a small Tolik of the Palace Bodyguards.
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Only in the sixteenth century, the chakra again began to be used on the battlefield. The ancient Indian weapons of Sikhi have reanimated - followers of religion based in India in the 15th century. Throughout its history, Sikhi constantly participated in various wars, defending his religion against the superior rival forces, so they were forced to choose the tactics of the partisan war, which was based on lightning and choppy attacks and fragments.
The military doctrine of Sikhov was based on the principle of "two and a half impact". The first thing the ancient Indian people lightningly and imperceptibly approached the enemy, which was already providing them with 1/3 of the victory. Then Sikhi was in a rapid attack, which literally plunged into the shock of the enemy. At the final stage, the fighters for independence quickly retreated, not letting go to the enemy to counteroffensive. And the chakra weapon fited optimally into the above tactics, making the attack as threatening as much as possible.
Even the widespread use of firearms could not reduce the relevance of deadly discs, which in a matter of seconds could bring the whole detachment of fighters from the battle. Chakras have become an integral part of the spiritual and philosophical culture of Sikhov and found the use of in everyday life.
The metal disk began to decorate the religious symbolism of the ancient Indian people, the image of an unusual weapon is available on the "Khanda" - a kind of coat of arms of Sikhov (in Figure). On the emblems of military units you can also find a picture with chakra.
In the mid-50s of the 19th century, when the Sikh army was still destroyed by the British, the colonizers began to disarm the population of India massively. Chakra's handling skills soon began to forget. The throwing disc was considered as an attribute for leisure and as decoration. And only in some religious communities, India still remembers how Grozny there was a weapon created by three great deities.