Gada Indian Mace Weapon
Wood - lenght 82cm - early 20th century
The gada is the main weapon of the Hindu God Hanuman, known for his strength. Vishnu also carries a gada named Kaumodaki in one of his four hands. In the Mahabharata epic, the fighters Bhima, Duryodhana, Jarasandha and others were said to be masters of the gada.
The gada is one of the traditional pieces of training equipment in Hindu physical culture, and is common in the akhara* of north India. Maces of various weights and heights are used depending on the strength and skill level of the practitioner. It is believed that Lord Hanuman's gada was the largest amongst all the gadas in the world. For training purposes, one or two wooden gada (mudgar) are swung behind the back in several different ways and is particularly useful for building grip strength and shoulder endurance. (*a place of practice with facilities for boarding, lodging and training)
The martial art of wielding the gada is known as gada-yuddha. It can either be wielded singly or in pairs, and can be handled in twenty different ways.