Kayamkulam vaal

The Kayamkulam vaal ("Kayamkulam sword") is a double-edged sword that was used by the rulers and soldiers of the Nair aristocracy (mostly in Travancore), in Kayamkulam, a princely state of India. An example is on display at the Krishnapuram Palace Museum in Kayamkulam.[1]

It is said to have been used by the Kayamkulam Rajas in the 18th century.[2] Some Nair families in Kayamkulam, such the as Evoors Kannampallils, Velathandethus, Padanilathus, Edathittas, Changankulangaras, Thottathils, Valiyakulangaras, Oachiras, and Menatherils, keep Kayamkulam vaal as historical evidence of their lineage.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Harikumar, A (5 April 2005). "A window to the past". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 April 2005. Retrieved 8 January 2010. The museum has a large number of antiques, which were used by the kings who ruled the erstwhile Kayamkulam State. The most important among them is the Kayamkulam sword. Unlike the common sword, this one has both its edges sharp.
  2. ^ "Krishnapuram Palace". Archaeology Department of Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.