Chakram

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The chakram (Devanagari: ?????), sometimes called a war quoit, is a throwing weapon that was used by the ancient Sikh people; it is a flat metal disc with a sharp outer edge from 5 to 12 inches (13-30 cm) in diameter.

The word comes from Sanskrit and means round, circle, or wheel. Earliest references come from the Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana (here the Sudarshana Chakra is the weapon of the god Vishnu). Chakradhaari is a name of Krishna.

Because of its aerodynamic shape (similar to an aeroplane wing, Flying disc, or Aerobie), it is not easily deflected by wind.

One should be careful not to confuse chakram with wind and fire wheels, which are larger and used in melee.

The chakkar, as it is called in Punjabi, was used extensively by the Sikhs as recently as the days of Ranjit Singh’s Sikh Empire. The chakkar was not a “frisbee-like disc” as the chakram was, but was rather a hoop-like blade, also meant for throwing. It is quintessentially a Sikh historical weapon.