Cultural Value of Khukuri in Nepal
The origin of Khukuri (National weapon) has an ever unknown and mystery tale. Moreover it is the recorded distinct history of Gorkha (Northern part of Nepal) and the whole Nepalese that it indeed successfully gave shape so. Nepal, the Gurkhali (United People of Gorkha), and the khukuri(national weapon): The three of them joined at the hip in reputation, and the Gurkha Soldier keeps his khukuri for his honor– bright and keen.
The mystery tale of khukuri began with the history of ancient Nepali weapons and the Gorkha unification. Not a single person was known about its uncertain born and distinct character early. Some evidence had shown that its origination was centuries older than the history of Gurkha Nepal. By It is all-purpose knife of the hill peoples of Nepal, especially the Magars and Gurungs in the west, and the Rais and Limbus in the east. These peoples are called the Gurkhas who form the alarming Brigades of Gurkhas both in the British and Indian Armies, not talking of the Royal Nepal Army itself. The blade shape descended from the classic Greek sword or kopis, which is about 2,500 years old. The Machira, the cavalry sword of the ancient Macedonians which was carried by the troops of Alexander the Great when it invaded north-west India in the 4th Century BC and was copied by local black smiths. Some knife exports have found similarities in the construction of some khukuris to the crafting method of old Japanese sword. Thus the making of Khukuri is one of the oldest blade forms in the history of world, if not in fact the oldest.
By the time a Gurkha joins the army, the Khukuri has become a chopping extension of his dominant arm. Some believed that it has a strong linked with the historical courageous, bravery, honorable past pages of Gurkha soldiers’ campaign during the period of unification. Meantime Gorkhalis were very skillful and intelligent on using any types of weapons .Later after the prolonged period of struggles the Gorkhalis successfully united Nepal into one Hindu kingdom in the late 18th. It is reasonable to suppose that this was the beginning of the universal custom of Nepalese troops carrying the khukuri a custom that spread in time to Gurkhas serving in the British and Indian Armies. It was carried also by many other hill units, regular and irregular: Assam Rifle Regiments, Burma Military Police, the Garhwal and Kumaon Regiments. In the Burma campaign of World War those British troops who did not carry a machete carried a khukuri and nowadays the Singapore Police Force also carries them.
The khukuri distinctness and powerful became so extraordinary and wide during the time. Then time and again it gave a new eloquent and powerful history to the whole nation in fact to the world that it became a proud symbol of Nepal and weapon and tool of the Gorkha people. The people a crossed the world are keen to know buy and sell the khukuri. The people have become more commercialized, taking advantages of its popularity. It has become so powerful beyond the limit that nobody can avoid it. Almost 88% persons all around the corners of world have huge demand of khukuri unbelievably besides the Gorkhali people have the huge demand all around the corners. According to the estimated data the British Gorkhali army are occupied with 3 9% in the Britain .Where as there are 22% and 13% in some other parts of country. Their bravery, sacrifices and the art of courage invokes the strengthened of their weapon khukuri.
After the uncertain successful attempt in the unification the Gorkha people became very large and fascinated towards the weapon. Especially Gorkhalis were very happy to be able to unite own nation by only weapon. For the time being the people seemed very proud and fascinated that they keep khukuri in every houses of Gorkha. Even the children are likely to have his own khukuri in the age of five to six years and necessarily become skillful in its use long before his manhood.
More than being just a revered and effective weapon the Khukuri is indelibly identify with the experienced of legend and romance throughout the history of world. It is indeed of slashing extraordinary edge. Whatever the khukuri has a remarkable social, cultural, Hindu religious and phallic symbol which has not only gained the primitive unification history of Nepal rather also successfully had achieved the extraordinary recorded history throughout the world. Likewise it is very notable that the people at the World War II have also used Khukuri to separate their enemies as a protection weapon. During the time it was said as grenade and non-exploded bomb. Now it is seen in every part of the world as a world strongest weapon and used enormously.
The scenario has steepened much more than forward .The atmosphere has changed, the people have developed, and the worlds have exactly altered but the people were very much religious that another thing which adds to the magic of the khukuri is the cultural and religious significance. The people had no idea of khukuri original shape and content with various meanings early. The time being changed all. The people became more liable and educated. The people assumed that khukuri curve is like a crescent moon, a symbol of Nepal. The notch or Kaura () in the blade near the hilt of the khukuri is said to look like a trident of the Hindu god, Shiva, the god of destroyer and war. It has many other meaning beside as the sun and moon, the sexual apparatus of Hindu gods and goddesses, a cow tract because the cow is sacred to the Hindus. So, the religious meanings that have been worked into the knife make it magic.
Whatever be the roots Nepal, the Gurkhas and the Khukuri are inseparable in reputation at that time. Where as the people used khukuri and worshipped it as the symbol of Shakti. Apart from the fact the khukuri symbolizes Nepalese Cultural icon as well as the bravery and valor of the Gurkhas. Moreover, the Khukuri represents an exquisite piece of Nepalese Craftsmanship.
The development of generations of any countries has always something very special such like peculiar shape khukuri for Nepal. The value, prestige and respect for the motherland by khukuri is intolerable before and now besides its nutritious of social, economy, religious and cultural values are deep inside its meaning and lengthened name. The history of the Nepal says it (Khukuri) was born to give freedom early, used for the welfare of national integrity, protect the national values and prestige at all in anyhow, no matter what.