Battle at Thaneshwar
From the Akbarnama, composed by Basawan and painted by Asi
India, Mughal dynasty, ca. 1590-5; Opaque watercolor, gold and ink on paper, 38.1 x 22.4 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum
We usually think of yogis as peaceful, but many used their yogic powers in very earthly ways. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, bands of armed yogis often battled over bathing rights at sacred rivers.
Image and caption courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery