Kalari Dand :Ancient Martial Art


Have you heard about ‘Kalaripayattu’?if not then it’s tough for you to understand Kalari Dand. Now, you’ll be asking why, Have you noticed the name, no! , then examine both the names  ‘Kalari Dand’ and ‘Kalaripayattu’ there is a mutual word in these both words that is ‘Kalari ‘. So, let’s first understand what is the meaning and history of this word ‘Kalari’?

What is the meaning of Kalari

Kalari means ‘Threshing field’ or ‘battlefield’ in Malayalam and Tamil. Mainly Kalaripayattu training is done on these Kalari.
Kalari is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Kalaoorika’ which means ‘design space ‘ that is  Designing an area for training.
Now, let’s understand what is Kalaripayattu

What is Kalaripayattu?

This is one of the oldest martial arts training. This basically consists of self-defence techniques. Many old books ‘Granth’ reveals that Kalaripayattu origin is from present-day ‘Kerala’. As Martial art is a traditional and ancient art in India, In Vedas we get information that this Kalaripayattu and other martial arts were introduced by Lord Vishnu disciple Parshuram. Kalaripayattu is made from two words ‘Kalahari’ and ‘Payattu’. Kalari means fighting ground or battlefield and Payat means method or art.
Many martial arts have been forgotten by people with time, but this art is still gaining popularity. In Kerala, this is customary, that if children’s reaches to the age of seven he has to learn and gain training of Kalaripayattu. The person who teaches this martial art is called ‘Guru’ and this is taught in schools called ‘Gurukula’. 
Many people believe that the techniques were learnt by the hunters in the forest by watching the animals, which means many techniques in this martial art are learnt from animals.
This is said that Lord Shiva ‘The lord of time’, Mahakal. He is greatest of all Devas (Mahadev), no word can define his power taught Parshuram different martial art forms.
Kalaripayattu is known as the base of all new martial Arts like Kung fu and other martial arts.
When India was a colony of Britishers, they tried hard to eliminate Kalaripayattu and many martial arts so they banned them in India because they thought it might be risky for them and can give power to the rebellions, but Kalaripayattu survived the hardest time and was secretly practised in villages of Kerala.
Now, Kalaripayattu has become the most venerable, esteemed and popular martial art and obviously, the oldest one.
This is like a fortune which we received from our ancestors and should respect it.

What is Kalari Dand?

As you have read above about the meaning of Kalari that it means battlefield same as that Kalari Dand is made from two words Kalari and Dand in which and means ‘Push Ups’.
Kalari Dand is a part of Kalaripayattu. There are different types of push-ups which are taught under Kalari and. Now, let’s understand the elegance of this Kalari and

Benefits of Kalari Dand

  1. It makes the body flexible.
  2. Helps in self-defence. 
  3. It improves the presence of mind.
  4. It improves concentration.
  5. It enhances the power of the mind.
  6. It develops awareness regarding both body and mind.
  7. It not only develop physical health but also helps in developing the brain.
  8.  It enhances your body features.
And many more.

Vidyut Jamwal spreading awareness regarding Kalaripayattu  and Kalari Dand

Vidyut Jamwal is the fittest Bollywood actor. He is famous for his fit body. In one of his interview, he stated that his main aim for entering Bollywood was to aware people about our ancient heritage, Kalaripayattu and Kalari and other martial arts which is famous in South India mainly in Kerala, Tamil Nadu but people around the world rarely know about them So, according to him, it’s important that this precious art stay alive forever and Bollywood can be the best platform to do this.
Most of the time he teaches people through his Instagram videos like his push up challenges and other challenges and appreciates people, Nowadays his trending video is on Kalari Dand. It has two parts till now and more are yet to come.
These videos have gained popularity because of that Kalari Dand has become an important topic to discuss  Vidyut Jamwal started his film career in Hindi film with ‘Commando’.

Hanuman Dand

This is same as Kalari and as you know name varies from place to place. It is named after Lord Hanuman, who is God of strength, power and knowledge.
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