Women Dance With Swords During Weapons Worship Ceremony in India.

About 200 women from Hindu warrior group of Rajput came together as they wielded swords to perform a dance of valor dedicated to Goddess Durga during a weapons worship ceremony, Tuesday, October 19, in India's western Gujarat state.

Women in colorful traditional dresses and carrying swords moved gracefully in coordination as they performed “Talwar Raas” (sword dance), under the flagship of the former royal family of Rajkot.

The art of the sword dance dates to the Mughal-era when Rajput women welcomed their men after they returned victorious from a battle.

“Talwar Raas” is performed in Gujarat every year on a smaller scale; however, it drew attention nationally after a video of former Indian Textile Minister Smriti Irani performing it went viral in 2019.

(Reuters)

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