The notion «akhara» has several meanings: a sect, a group, something like a sub-unit and a military community, a sports gymnasium, a place for trainings. The time and different historical circumstances added new meanings to this word.
The first thing that draws attention is exercises with a short spear. According to researchers Rajputs preferred foot fighting with a sabre tulwar, a sword khanda and a short spear as the main offensive arms.
Owing to a great deal of recollections and memoirs left by British officers about their participation in Anglo-Indian wars we can get to a certain extent a real idea what happened on a battle field with the use and domination of cold steel.