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Gurfateh !

Here is an interesting photograph and video - it shows 'Rajputs' performing 'Shastar Puja'.

I believe Rajputs have a tradition of performing shastar puja - especially just before 'Dussehra'.

If anyone has any more info please post it - especially with regard to any similarities / differences with 'Sikh' shastar puja. (How it is performed , how YOU perform it personally - that sort of stuff would be great !)

On a side note - I do love the decorated gun !

It brings to mind Sahib-e-Kamaal siri Dasm Pita ji's Dohra (from Shastar NamMala)

ਸਾਂਗ ਸਰੋਹੀ ਸੈਫ ਅਸ ਤੀਰ ਤੁਪਕ ਤਲਵਾਰ ॥ ਸੱਤ੍ਰਾਂਤਕ ਕਵਚਾਂਤਿ ਕਰ ਕਰੀਐ ਰੱਛ ਹਮਾਰ ॥੧॥

ਅਸ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾਨ ਧਾਰਾਧਰੀ ਸੈਲ ਸੂਫ ਜਮਦਾਢ ॥ ਕਵਚਾਂਤਕ ਸੱਤ੍ਰਾਂਤ ਕਰ ਤੇਗ ਤੀਰ ਧਰਬਾਢ ॥੨॥

ਅਸ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾਨ ਖੰਡੋ ਖੜਗ ਤੁਪਕ ਤਬਰ ਅਰੁ ਤੀਰ ॥ ਸੈਫ ਸਰੋਹੀ ਸੈਹਥੀ ਯਹੈ ਹਮਾਰੈ ਪੀਰ ॥੩॥

(Spear, Sarohi (special sword made in Sarohi, Rajasthan), Saif (straight sword), Asi (bent sword), arrow , gun and Tulwar (sword). Satrantak (sword - destroyer of the enemy), Kavchantak (armour severing sword) - (All these weapons) (Kindly) Protect us.)

Asi,Kirpan, Saif, Trident and Jamdaadh (dagger with two blades). Kavchantak, Satrantak, Tegha (broad sword) , arrow and (sword) that cuts through the torso. Asi, Kirpan, Khanda (double edged sword) , Kharag (sword), Gun, Tabar (battle axe) and arrow. Saif , Sarohi, Sehthi (spear), All these are our Guru (guide). (Translation H S Kanwal)

Enjoy !

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*taken from 'The Maharaja' - Sharada Dwivedi - Roli - 1999 - pg 156

UK Rajput Samaj

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYtKBLbFmXs

Ranjit Singh 'Freed'

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