India Archery

History of Indian Archery

Archery is the practice of using a bow to shoot arrows. Archery has historically been used in hunting and combat and has become a precision sport. A person practicing archery is called an archer, and one who is fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes called a toxophilite.
The bow and arrow constituted the classical Indian weapon of warfare, from the Vedic period, until the advent of Islam. The Aryans used bows and arrows, often on war chariots. Some Rigvedic hymns lay emphasis on the use of the bow and arrow. Detailed accounts of training methodologies in early India concern archery, considered to be an essential martial skill in early India.
Legendary figures like Drona, are shown to be masters in the art of archery. Mythological figures such as Arjun, Eklavya, Karna, Rama, Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan are also associated with archery.

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