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UK To Return Shivaji’s Iconic ‘Wagh Nakh’ To India

Wagh Nakh

The iconic weapon, known as the ‘Wagh Nakh,’ has quite a fascinating journey through history. It was originally in the possession of the descendants of Shivaji Maharaja in the Satara court. However, at a certain juncture, it changed hands and made its way to an East India Company officer by the name of James Grant Duff. Duff, after his service in India, carried the ‘Wagh Nakh’ back to Britain, where it eventually found its home in the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum. The gesture of Duff’s descendants, who donated this historic weapon, has ensured that Shivaji’s iconic ‘Wagh Nakh’ is preserved and revered for generations to come.

 Wagh Nakh

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The person working to bring back Shivaji’s famous ‘Wagh Nakh’ to India is Sudhir Mungantiwar, who is the Cultural Affairs Minister of Maharashtra. He plans to make this happen by signing an agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Victoria and Albert Museum. This MoU will help in the process of getting the ‘Wagh Nakh’ back to its home in India.


A delegation comprising the Cultural Affairs Minister, the Principal Secretary from the Department of Culture, and the Director of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums is set to embark on an important mission. From September 29 to October 4, 2023, they will undertake a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as other notable museums. This initiative has received support from Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who has allocated a budget of Rs 50 lakh to fund the delegation’s six-day trip. This visit is significant in the endeavor to bring back Shivaji’s ‘Wagh Nakh’ to India, reflecting the government’s commitment to preserving and celebrating its cultural heritage.

Wagh Nakh

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The Maharashtra government has said that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s ‘Wagh Nakh,’ which are like tiger claws, are very important to the people of the state. They want to bring these special tiger claws back from Britain to India. The government understands that this is a delicate task that needs careful handling. So, they have set aside Rs 50 lakh for a delegation to make this happen. The chief minister has given the green light to this plan.

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