Where is the Baghnakha with which Shivaji killed Afzal Khan?


Bagh Nakh: A historian claimed a few days ago that the Bag. nakh, a weapon shaped like a tiger's claw, with which Shivaji killed Afzal Khan, is present in Satara, Maharashtra.  


Shivaji Tiger Claw: Was the 'Baghnakha' of Shivaji kept in the London Museum and used by the Maratha ruler to kill Afzal Khan? Amid the debate going on for several days, Maharashtra minister Sudhir Mungantiwar cleared the picture and said in the assembly that no one has claimed that the 'Baghnakha' or tiger claw-shaped weapon being brought to Maharashtra from London was used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His remarks came a few days after a historian claimed that the 'Baghnakha' used by the founder of the Maratha Empire to kill Bijapur Sultanate commander Afzal Khan is present in Satara itself. Historian Indrajit Sawant claimed that the Baghnakha being brought to Maharashtra from London does not belong to Shivaji Maharaj, as the original 'Baghnakha' is with the descendants of the Maratha warrior king in Satara. He had also said that 'Baghnakha' was being brought to the state on a loan agreement of Rs 30 crore for three years.

In response to this, Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was an ideal ruler and he is an inspiration for everyone. He said, 'No one claims that this Baghnakha being brought from London was used by Shivaji Maharaj ... We were given photo evidence by the followers of Shivaji Maharaj that Baghnakha is kept in a box in the London Museum and it is mentioned that it was used to kill Afzal Khan. We spoke to the Prime Ministers of India and Britain as well as museum officials. The museum never told that this weapon belonged to Shivaji Maharaj and was used in the murder of Afzal Khan.'

He also rejected the claim that the government had spent crores of rupees to bring the weapon from London's Victoria and Albert Museum to Maharashtra. He said that Rs 14.08 lakh was spent on travel expenses and the signing of the agreement. Mungantiwar told the House that 'Baghnakha' will be brought from London for three years and will be put on display in a museum in Satara in the state from July 19.

He said the London-based museum had initially agreed to give the weapon for one year, but the state government agreed to hand it over for three years for display in the state. "Baghnakha will be displayed at the Government Museum in Satara on July 19 in the presence of the warrior king's descendants," the cultural affairs minister told the House.