Sikh Military Turban Badge ca. late 19th century - early 20th century, brass with silver coating. A turban badge likely belonging to a military unit of one of the Sikh Kingdoms. The badge consists of a khanda sword above a chakkar quoit with two crossed curved swords below the quoit and two crossed axes within the chakkar. To learn more see the SikhMuseum.com Exhibit - Nishan Sahib, History of the Sacred Banner and its Symbols
#BlessedToBeSikh Flourishing of Empire During the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh! Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the Sikh Empire at the end of the 18th Century under Ranjit Singh, pictured above, who unified most of the Sikh kingdoms following the decline of the Mughal Empire. He became Maharaja of the Punjab at Lahore in 1801, capturing Amritsar the following year. His empire flourished until 1839, after which a decade of unrest ended with the British annexation.