Fri, 01 Dec 2023

London [UK], October 3 (ANI): Maharashtra Ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar and Uday Samant on Tuesday arrived at London's Victoria and Albert Museum to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to bring back Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's 'Wagh Nakh' (tiger claw) to India for a period of three years.

The Indian community warmly greeted the Maharashtra delegates as they arrived at the gates of the Victoria and Albert Museum, alongside their colleagues in the Maharashtra Cabinet Uday Samant.

The box inscription clearly mentions this Wagh Nakh was used to kill the Mughal General (Afzal Khan) by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Earlier on Sunday, Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the 'Wagh Nakh' (metal claws used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) will be kept at a museum so that people can get a chance to witness it.

Speaking to reporters, Sudhir Mungantiwar said, "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj with all his wisdom killed Afzal Khan with the help of 'Wagh Nakh'. We are celebrating 350 years of the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. A lot of programs will be held in Maharashtra. We will be giving a chance to the people to witness the 'Wagh Nakh' by displaying it in the museum.""As per the MoU, we will not be able to take Wagh Nakh in all the districts of Maharashtra which we had earlier thought, instead we will keep Wagh Nakh at a particular spot where all the people will be able to visit..." he added.

He further mentioned that 'Wagh Nakh' (tiger claws used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to kill the general of Bijapur Sultanate, Afzal Khan, in 1659) is not just a normal thing for the people of the state, but a "symbol of faith". (ANI)

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