Khanda represents one of the oldest forms of Indian sword. It first appeared on temple reliefs in Orissa, dating back to the 2nd century BC. Its name comes from Sanskrit and Khanda means “destroyer, separator, machete”. It has always been closely associated with Orissa. This kind of sword is very popular all over India.
In these cultures, the Khanda sword is one of the elements of worship, symbolizing that wisdom cuts off ignorance. Therefore, it is widely used in religious art not only in India, but also in countries near the Himalayas, China and even Japan.