Kalaripayattu Training- Double Your Stamina in 6 months and never feel tired

Kalaripayattu performance

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In the previous article, You read about the kalaripayattu martial art origin, history, and other interesting things. Now we will get deeper into kalaripayattu training.

It is a native art of Kerala which is very ancient. It is transformed through generations through gurus to other generations.

The overall purpose of this training is not only to hurt anyone but to heal others.

The whole development is to make an individual uplift them mentally, physically and spiritually. It is a traditional art and great science.

“Kalaripayattu training is one of the easiest martial art forms to learn. “All you need is a determined mind,” — Mr.Gurukkal Kalaripayattu trainer

Kalaripayattu training-

People who seek Kalaripayattu training they should follow some basic steps.

It is a holy way of learning which is in the form of guru-shishya tradition. They should stay in gurukul centers .so strict niyamas are proposed.

  • Alcohol consumption, smoking must be avoided and bad company at night.
  • They should take rest at night time but day time sleep should not be there.
  • Trainees should enter into Kalari with the right leg and bare feet.
  • Practitoners should consider the Kalari center as a temple, respecting others.
  • A few basic rituals to poothara (the seven steps platform)is a must.
  • After that, they should touch the bhoomi (earth)
  • After that, they should take blessings of guru and should start the training.

Shortly we can say the yamas and niyamas are found in ashtanga yoga of Patanjali will be followed for personality development.

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Kalaripayattu training School-

The training school for kalarippayattu art is called as Kalari. It is constructed as per Vaastu and that enclosure is 21” width and 42” length and mud are dug up to 3 feet deep.
The Poothara is seven steps platform located in the southeast corner of the of every Kalari. The seven steps resemble strength, patience, posture, expression, commanding power, training, expression, and sound. Poothara is consists of oil lamps and flowers and god photos.

worshipping poothara

Kalaripayattu dress –

It is called Katcha or loincloth which is a long strip of cloth and there is a method to wear. The wearing provides tightness to hips, abdomen and improves the movements, stiffness.

How to wear kalaripayattu dress-

Kalaripayattu Training levels-

They are 3 styles in kalaripayattu northern, central and southern styles. Northern style name is vadakkan and southern style name is adimurai or varma kalai.

Now coming to training Kalaripayattu training it consists of five levels. They are basic, intermediate, advanced, senior and instructor levels.

The training duration will take 3 months to complete the basic level and after basic intermediate will take 6 months’ time to complete. The advanced and senior-level may take 1 to 2 years training period depending upon the student caliber and finally, the practitioner who wants to become an instructor should complete 5 years of daily practice.

But to become a warrior or a great trainer it may take up to 12 years. I met a guru and he said he is still learning deeply about kalari and he has 20 years of experience. One should know how the body works and the energy flow.

They are short term courses duration also ranging from 1 month to 1 year also.

Kalaripayattu training is not an easy thing to explain on paper and through images and videos we may explain up to some extent but, finally, we have to watch and experience this Ancient kalari martial arts training. It needs a lot of dedication, discipline and rigorous practice to become an expert.

Training consists of Kalari massage training and body anatomy, vital points also taught..

Kalaripayattu training is divided into 4 categories. While explaining the training the names of the Deadly weapons used also explained.

Category 1 – MEITHAI (Physical, Acrobatic exercises) –

It is also known as mei payattu . The training starts with smearing the body with Kalari massage oil (uzhichil). This will make your body flexible and strengthens the wrists, hands, palms, legs and core body.

It is the first stage which involves a set of exercise for hips, hands, legs, upper body. It also has breath control exercises (pranayama) , Neuromuscular training.

The kalaripayattu workouts which they do on the ground with hands is called kaikuththiippayattu. It has leg moves, punches, muscle stretches, and body twisting. They are a total of 18 types of exercises in Kalari training.

It was done by the instructions of the trainer and called vaythari which are rhythmic.

It is to attain mental and physical balance.It makes to understand each organ of the body. These will help the learner to get a toned body.

These kalaripayattu exercises will make teach you alertness and you can observe a lot of these exercises are related to yoga.

Once the learner becomes perfect in this The next step will be called kolthari and in this self-defense techniques are taught with the help of wooden sticks and weapons.

Category 2- KOLTHARI (Wooden weapons category weapons and sticks)-

It is also called as kettukari.

The first step which is taught is kettukari weapon and it is 5 feet height so almost a full body size. It is base to learn the art of spear fighting.

In the second step they will teach with a weapon cheruvadi which is 2.5 feet height stick. The fighting techniques will be very intense. Very fast blows are delivered and it should be done with great caliber which is 100 blows per minute.

The use wooden Mace(Gadha) (4kg to 9kg of weight.) which we saw in puranic stories and one strict rule is not to attack the opponent below the waist.

The next step will be Otta (Curved stick) and this is the master weapon and it is related to marmas. This is used to thrust the body marma with the knob and it is not taught to all students. It will be taught by the gurus only to well-skilled, disciplined and trustable learners. This very tough to learn.

The other weapons also included like bamboo sticks, deer horns.

Once the learner becomes proficient in the kolthari and now they will move to more lethal weapons.

Category 3 – ANKATHARI (Metal Weapons category)-

The first weapon is dagger which is 1 foot long. It is very sharp and any lack of attention will cut the opponent’s body. It is used to defend, cut, thrust any body part and no shield is used.

Another weapon is udaval ( personal sword) to fight.

The awesome stage is puliankam and the combats will fight in a fierce manner which looks like 2 tigers fighting each other. The combats will have sword and shield. Here quick eye contact and observation, body control are very important.

Kuntham (spear to spear category) Here combats will fight each other with a spear.

Marapidicha kuntham (sword and shield against spear) –

Here one combat will hold sword and shield and another combat will hold a spear . This is very tough to win the fight for the combat who is fighting with the spear and he has disadvantages because of spear size is short and no shield also. This will make you deal with any tough situations.

Another more tough fight is kathiyum thalayum which one combat will hold a knife and other defends with a cloth which is the most crucial self-defense technique. But here I feel the person with the cloth means very risky and if he wins it means he is very efficient.

Urumi (flexible sword) Spring sword-

It is a 6 feet long very sharp weapon both sides and it can be folded like a wire also. In olden days they used to tie around the waist like a belt and whenever any threat comes they use this urumi to defend. So we can say it is like a small invisible tactic of hiding the weapon.If it is not handled properly it will cause a lot of damage.

Urumi consist of jumps,rotation, forward and backward movements.

The other kalaripayattu weapons are ax, metal shaped otta, double-edged sword, and trident.



After becoming an expert in all the weapon forms then the master will teach this category which is purely bare hands. ‘Kai’ means Hand and ‘Thallu’ means hitting. It is most advanced in Kalari training.

Here we should able to disarm the armed person with your bare hand. So it is self-defense from the armed or unarmed person.

This includes combats fighting with empty hands.this includes arm locks, grappling, kicks, Thrusting the marma points (vital points). It is taught only to the few trusted students by the gurukkal.

So now coming to the most important step marma shastram.

Marma art or marma kalai-

Marma means in Sanskrit “secret or hidden”
This art can be used to kill the opponent by merely touching any of the 108 vital points of the body.

Marma comes under sidda vaidya which is southern kalaripayattu which is given by sage agastya. Information about this can be found in atharvana vedam.

Sushrutha Samhita mentions about 108 vital points and Tamil medical science of Ayurveda says 25 marma in face and head, 12 in the neck,3 in the chest, 14 in the abdomen, 14 in pelvic and 44 in legs and arms.

In our body prana (life)passes through 72000 nerves which are nadis and 3000 marmas which is connected to the body chakras.

The effects of attacking Marma-

  • Sadhyo pranaharam-When 17 points are attacked in the body death is immediate.
  • Kalanthara pranaharam– They are 33 points. The attack may not cause death immediately but it takes some time.
  • Visalaya pranaharam- If the 3 points are attacked with weapon death is immediate.
  • Vikalaya pranaharam- These re 44 points and with the attack we can make disable any part of the body, handicapped and make them dumb or make them unconscious.
  • Rujakara pranaharam– If these points are thrusted immediate pain will occur.

In Indian Film Kamal Hassan thrusts some opponents and their body parts become disabled and some become dumb and some loose consciousness also.

He disables the police officer and when he was on the bed the gurukkal from Kalari center comes and again set right his body parts perfectly. I think no doctor or physiotherapist can cure these types of injuries perfectly. Please watch the film once again for those interesting scenes.

This shows and gives a pride feeling how our ancestors knew about the Human body anatomy and nerves system.

Marma massage or marma therapy-

Through marma therapy a lot of mental issues, injuries, bones or heart issues, physical stress, etc. They use fingers, palms to cure. They know where and how to stress the Nadi points with the fingers. Here they use ayurvedic oils and a lot of massage techniques.

Actor Mahesh Babu has a migraine problem and he consulted a lot of doctors and took good treatment in allopathy but he didn’t achieve the proper results. After that he took this marma therapy and now is issue is solved.

Important thing is they do this treatment during morning and evening time not in the afternoon because there is planets and stars influence on marma points so the influence of cosmic rays on our body. In afternoon the sun heat is more.

The marma practitioner knows abt Nadi points, Ayurveda, astrology and Kalari chikitsa. The guru teach the students these techniques also to the kalaripayattu trainers.

Kalari Marma vidya can heal your pain and create the pain.

They are so many ayurvedic treatment centres in India for migraine.

Kalaripayattu postures:

Techniques in kalaripayattu while doing they have some postures (vadivu) and steps (chuvatu). These eight postures are based on animals.

Elephant, Boar, Cock, lion, cat, fish, Horse, snake. Steps are circular steps, inside steps, moving steps, corner steps, one leg steps. Kalaripayattu draws inspiration from the power of animals

In Tamilnadu there is a martial similar to kalaripayattu called silambam.

Central kalari is a combination of northern and southern styles and it is popular in central Kerala.

Kalaripayattu vs other martial arts

What separates kalari with other martial arts.

Kalaripayattu is based on tantra, mantra, marma, and balance of power. It includes spirituality, yoga, worshipping god, the blessing of guru.

It has slapping motions and karate has punches.

Here we use sticks, swords, bare hands and different self-defense techniques, marma points, astrology, Ayurveda. It takes a lot of time and the learners move with lightning speed.

The learners will have good timing, motion, High energy and stiffness of the body is like iron. Oil massage is done to the body before training.

The kathakali the drama also adapted techniques of kalaripayattu to train their students. Kathakali dancers who knew kalari will perform better than other artists.

Kalaripayattu Training Books –

“When body becomes the eye”

The book written Philip Zarilli a westerner who came to Kerala and did lot of research on kalaripayattu, visited so many centers. He is the first person in the world to get ph.d in kalaripayattu and the second person is Gangadharan who is from kerala.

“Kalaripayattu- A complete guide to Kerala’s ancient martial art”

This book was written by sridharan nair he observed every movement keenly and wrote this book. Actually in the review also one practitioner wrote this book was excellent and everything is in detail.

“Science and principle of marma therapy”

This book was written by Dr.sunil kumar joshi. This book explains about nonsurgical, nonmedicinal therapy for numerous diseases. So a wide range of information on marma science and therapy written in this book,

Kalaripayattu benefits in this modern urban life-

Kalaripayattu gives techies a big kick now


Nowadays people are learning Kalaripayattu in urban areas mainly corporate employees.

They are facing many challenges , stress, health issues, failures in life.

To come out of that they are learning some arts and sports.

They had chosen this indian martial art to come out of these problems.

Kajal srivastava an upsc aspirant had chosen this and it has changed her life. She has migraine, Thyroid and now she is no more using medicines and she is healthy now.

Kalaripayattu makes your mind sharp, logical, confidence and biochemical effects, weight loss, Good blood circulation.

South Actor Bhanu Chander he was a drug addict and he had learned martial arts and it has changed his life a lot. At the age of 65 he looks like a 40 years person.

In an interview, he only told how it benefited him in his life and career. He acted as kalari guru in the telugu film “manasaara”.

Famous Kalaripayattu training centers all over india-

So where can you learn kalaripayattu in india. So i mentioned below some few famous centers in urban cities

Kalaripayattu training in Mumbai

Kalaripayattu training in Hyderabad


Kalaripayattu training in delhi


Training center for Kalaripayattu chennai-

Kalaripayattu training in Ahmedabad (Gujarat)-

Kalaripayattu training centres in kerala


It is one of the best centers for kalaripayattu training in Kerala.

We have a lot kalaripayattu training centers in Kerala and in main cities like Palakkad, Kollam, Trivandrum, Thrissur, Kannur, and Kozhikode.

Kalaripayattu training in thrissur


They are few centres in u.s and u.k and so many foreigners are coming to india to learn.

So we have centers for kalaripayattu training in india and the centers should increase more.

The First film on kalaripayattu-

Seeing the less popularity of kalaripayattu than other martial arts the students of kalari gurukulam came up with the idea to make a nice film.

So the first film on the silver screen and the name of the film is Dhehi.

Their idea is to make it popular in india and across the world.

This film depicts the achievements of a kalari artist and her guru.


Can we learn kalaripayattu online?

Nowadays online courses are increasing in education and so many are going for online. This course is not learned through online training. It needs guru guidance, blessings.

It is a martial art combined with spirituality and more practical approach needed. Everyone cant become an Ekalavya.

Even though 1-2 kalari online courses are there but I recommend we should learn in kalari centre that too only from a guru.

There is kalaripayattu training app in google play store. For kalaripayattu training in youtube they are lot of videos.

Conclusion –

Kalaripayattu is a form of gymnasium. As it old it is more connected to our mind and spirituality. In my view, we should opt for this over the gym. It will give more happiness, self-confidence, fitness than any other fitness program.

It is the best program for women self-defense and Padma shree Meenakshi Amman gurukkal is an inspiration to so many female practitioners.

The Sad thing is this art is declining and authentic masters are also less. Govt support is also less. One happy thing is govt of Kerala included in sports quota.

So Indian govt must encourage this in all ways. It is our ancient heritage and pride. In UPSC exam also there is question-related to kalaripayattu.

Nowadays urban people are showing interest but that is not enough and if more students join it will save this art and become more popular than karate, kungfu.

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Coronavirus treatment- How the world turned towards Namaste India?

namaste in indian culture

My blog is generally about Ancient Indian culture and science etc related to our heritage but why i am writing about Coronavirus treatment may be surprising. There is reason and readers will understand by the end of the article why i wrote about this

What is coronavirus? Its meaning?

Any group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans and other animals.
Coronavirus Is a respiratory illness called COVID-19 that started in china in December 2019.

The coronavirus symptoms are like fever, cough, breathing problems.

What caused coronavirus in china?

Scientists say it is caused by wild animals or eating bats and some say from the meat market and some say it came out from a laboratory so there is no clarity on this.

So coming to the actual topic of coronavirus treatment. I am writing to tell the greatness of our culture and how the world started following after this virus outbreak.

It’s a big slap to the people who made fun of Indian culture and frilled into our minds by saying superstitions or medieval mindset or by so many terms

In this article, i will show more images and videos which will give us more messages.

Indian tradition teaches us the right way for coronavirus treatment-

After this coronavirus came into existence everyone followed and spoke about the Hindu way of traditions and living.

Everyone started self-treatment not to shake hands if we meet anyone and started greeting each other with gesture namaste. Why because to avoid this coronavirus.


Coming to the U.S president what he is doing see below.

The world tech industry is scared of shake hands


Israel president now started greeting others

Israel President Netanyahu

Why all the world leaders started greeting in indian culture?

Corona Effect.

The England prince also started Namaste

Now world health organisation WHO also started saying dont shake your hands. Oh! My God.


Namste India

Now coming to another indian tradition taking bath. Generally the western people and relgions dont take bath due to various reasons and we dont want to go into that and now they started saying personal hygeine is must to avoid these virus

coronavirus treatment

Burning of dead bodies

Now coming to Another Indian tradition burning dead bodies

Why we burn dead bodies because if we bury them the virus and diseases may spread from the grave so burning dead bodies is scientific and safe to the environment. and also saves land space.

But people may ask the burning smoke may cause pollution but compare to cremation it is less but don’t burn them openly and at rivers or lakes.

Now china started another coronavirus treatment that is burning dead bodies instead of burying.


But people may ask the burning smoke may cause pollution but compare to cremation it is less but don’t burn them openly and at rivers or lakes.

Avoiding Non-Veg

Now if any Indian philosopher or Swamiji says avoid non-veg and beef some red intellectuals will create a ruckus by saying Brahmanism and suppressing eating rights.

I am not saying to everyone should stop eating poultry meat and start eating grass and vegetables like animals but there is a limit and few things we can eat but draw a border.

We all know what type of meat they eat in china i cant say here it will give you vomiting sense also.

Already they say due to eating bats it caused. We don’t know the exact reason and there is no evidence also due to non-veg eating it caused coronavirus.

But for safety and healthy body and environment, we should avoid meat as much as possible and take in a limited manner and not these snakes, bats etc. Generally, which is good for health and environment like hens, fish, goats but don’t do overexploitation also.

we need hygiene meat industry also.

Our scriptures didn’t avoid eating non-veg but they are some restrictions and rules to eat and who should eat and when should eat.


Why such a virus was not born or active in India?

We take bath 2 times per day, leaving footwear outside the home and we do benzoin in-home and fire incense sticks daily at the prayer room.

Science says to leave your footwear outside.


Indians do Ekadashi fasting which is good for health and it has been proven by scientists also.

Avoiding nonveg during Karthik Masam which is mating time for animals. Celebrating festivals according to season and scientific reason.

India has 6 seasons in India and we know how to live with nature. We worship animals and other traditions they eat animals without any sympathy.

Hindus do a lot of village goddess festivals with a lot of neems, lemon, firewalking.

Worshipping nature, do agnihotra and yagnas which removes pollution and virus from the atmosphere. Washing hands with soap not with sanitizers. Cleanliness at the home. we use water not tissue papers.

Cleaning of clothes, the dress also part of a healthy life.

Mostly drink coconut, jaggery water,nimbu water buttermilk, and Rasam, starch, Tulsi, neem and worshipping trees(peepal trees) which is good for pregnant women. 40% of Indians are vegetarians.

Previously Indians use to learn traditional Indian martial arts which is good for health and immunity. 

Yoga and meditation, waking up at 4am is ultimate.


Traditional Indian kitchen

Food is medicine. In every Indian kitchen has spices box and we use daily.

What you eat will show an impact on our mind and body. Indian mostly don’t eat animals like Chinese and other cultures and they eat in a limited way.

Foreigners eat without proper cleaning and raw meat also and daily they eat pork, beef baked and preservative food which is bad for health.

Eating non-veg and other spicy Indian food but after cleaning and the spices, coriander leaves we use in our food which is healthy. Ginger, salt. Eating with hands also good habit instead of eating with spoons and forks which was used by so many daily.

Indians follow seasonal food. We know cow urine significance and it’s medicinal values.

Grandmothers treatment always has knowledge.

The traditional food of India and different types of food in is always healthy and protects the genes and immunity


Indians drink water in copper vessels, glasses.

We use to eat in clay mud pots, vessels also. In 5 star hotels also these traditions have started.

Copper vessels

Some more

They are some instances when some villages effected with viral infections and when they conducted these type of village rituals those diseases are gone. They mostly use Neem, Turmeric and spiritual mantras.

Sushrutha, Charaka Samhita says for some diseases not only treatment but they mentioned about the mantras and rituals to purify our body.

The sources of infections should be known well and can be prevented with safety precautions.

So here below an interesting ayurvedic tip we should follow during meals. we daily use it and some times with pepper.


The main thing is we had forgotten food habits in India but even though we are resisting these type of virus with our traditions.

During Sunday we should not eat non-veg and drink. Our ancestor followed such tradition and they were spiritually strong and have good immunity power because worshipping lord sun. We use to do suryanamaskar and now they are it is good for skin and the west people started sun salutation.

But now it was not there because the British observed these things so to destroy our culture and strength they introduced this holiday on Sunday to us and eating and drinking on Sunday.

Eating outside became a habit on weekends. Pizza , burgers, cooldrinks which are dangerous for health

So i can write more about Indian culture. Instead of that, i am posting more links which i collected.

Nowadays foreigners are using leafy and bamboo plates and cups. Indian eat in leafy plates which are great science behind that.

Bamboo plates are sold now in amazon also.

World falls down

Some people feel very stubborn that science is everything and we had conquered the world with science. We landed on the moon, science is the ultimate solution to everything and solves the issues.

They don’t know the greatness of Indian traditional system, cleanliness.

We follow quarantine system since ages when a person dies we follow for 11 days because there is the reason behind that and if anyone dies the bacteria which is produced from the dead body will be active for 10 days and we don’t cook any food and we consider these 11 days as mourning days.

These so-called modern brainless intellectuals they make fun of Indian traditions and they blame it is untouchability and these all are thrash.

But now the whole world is now speaking about Indian Vedic scientific cultural way of living.

Now the most modern and advanced countries are suffering more with coronavirus and cases are more. Indians have very fewer cases in this 130 crore population.

If we observe India, Nepal, Bhutan are neighbouring countries have fewer cases bt other neighbouring countries to china like Pakistan has more cases.

The whole technology, science laboratories are struggling how to prevent this and the economy became down.

The nuclear countries and world powerful countries are scared of invisible micro-organisms. One dictator who threatened the world with hydrogen bombs is now hiding in an island.

This intellectual who says science is everything why they cant prevent this virus and they found medicine for this virus.

I am not demeaning medical science. The Indians culture itself is medical science.

On Ugadi, we eat the sweet which is made of tamarind, jaggery, neem, mango it is the best medicine.

Some are making fun if Vedas have great knowledge then why they didn’t invent medicine.

Most of the scriptures we lost and remaining scriptures and knowledge is not recognised and Vedas don’t have encouragement for research. If govt says yes for research then these intellectuals will again do ruckus by saying govt is promoting pseudoscience.

The word KRIMI (Microbes/Pathogens) is used for various microscopic and macroscopic creatures. How to prevent them also it is told in our scriptures.

We don’t have the name of coronavirus but Ayurveda, Vedas mentioned about the symptoms of the virus and how to prevent it.

Have you seen any major virus born in India.

indian culture image
Indian culture image


The virus was born in the unhygienic environment and where there is negative energy more.

In Kumba Mela, crores of people gather and no virus was born there.


The good reasons behind that.we should think and there is a lot of cosmic energy which is protecting us, Our India is always a spiritual land

Janata curfew

Our Indian prime minister has requested to all Indians to follow Janata curfew on 22nd march 2020 from morning 7 am to 9 pm.


World health organisation also praises India for handling corona crisis and this is also a reason for less damage to Indians.


Good things after corona

Final Words

Why we were not allowed inside the kitchen before a bath. Why we were not allowed to eat anywhere except on a table or clean area designated for it.

Why women with periods were asked to take complete rest indoors to avoid hard work and ensure more hygiene.

Now that the coronavirus doesn’t live longer on mud or paper or wood as compared to plastic, metal and glass, we are understanding the importance of old earthen pots and mud-laden hut-type homes our forefathers lived in.

Why our forefathers ate less and drank more water n buttermilk n fasted once a week to enhance stamina n resistance to be fit n slim.

Now another debate is coming up that whats the secret and power in Indians DNA because they are strong and the impact of this covid-19 is less in India but the developed countries suffered a lot.

Let’s see if it happens then its a proud movement for our India.

Maintaining physical hygiene, social distance and cleanliness were laughed at, ridiculed, insulted, systematically breaking these traditions brick by brick, forcing people to discard these rituals for the fear of being isolated and *force-fit* into a society blindly aping the Western way of life. Now, all these habits & routines followed by Hindus from time immemorial stand validated.👍Now we are getting quarantined at home to learn what we refused to learn from older generations.

The physical thinking is not correct we don’t know so many invisible negative things will show an impact on our lives. People know the greatness of Hindu scriptures and do research and follow. Don’t speak in a rigid way by saying these are superstitions.

Due to the rigidness now we are suffering.

Enough is enough at least now change the way of living in a proper way and i am not saying don’t eat non-veg but don’t eat every animal which is not good for health.

Stop animal cruelty which is not good for our ecosystem and ozone layer.

Sleep at the right time. Follow the right diet pattern. Some people say beef will give proteins but scientists say it will spoil the nature and causes cancer.

Don’t exploit nature. We are depending on nature.

Nature is god and it is always more powerful than a human being and it has intelligence.

WHen every world is going is the wrong direction and exploiting nature it always teaches you a lesson.

The same thing happened now also. Now humans are now in control mode.

A human being is great but not greater than nature.

Indian tradition always worships nature and animals. Our gods have animals as vehicles which makes us to respect and worship animals.

Nature is for our everyone needs, not for everyones greed.

I hope this coronavirus issue will be solved very soon by discovering a vaccine and the world will come out of this crisis.

One inspiring image and some thought-provoking images.

Corona treatment

Before closing 2 funny videos –

Reason for Namaste

Namaste India


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Kalaripayattu Martial art- wonderful health & mind fitness assured

kalaripayattu sword fighting practice

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We all are familiar with karate, judo, kungfu and a lot of films also came with these martial art backgrounds. But sadly we don’t know much about the oldest martial art Kalaripayattu which was originated in India and gave birth to other known martial arts around Asia.

Kalaripayattu – Kalari means the school or learning centers and Payattu mean training practice. Payattu word was derived from the Tulu language garodi pettu (fight).

Kalaripayattu is an old deadly martial art form and one of the most famous sport from Kerala state (Gnana Bhoomi) which is enjoyed by tourists even today

Kalarippayattu martial art origin and history:

Kalarippayattu is called as mother of martial arts and it is a deva vidya  Its history goes back to tretha yuga and its origin begins with 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

The 6th avatar of Lord Vishnu is Lord Parashurama. In his period the kshatriya kings did a lot of misdeeds on Brahmins and in the same way his father was killed and the cow kamadhenu was taken from them.

So to take revenge of the kings misdeeds lord Parasurama did tapas for lord shiva and lord shiva gave him an axe and various boons.

At  the request of Parashurama, lord shiva taught him kalarippayattu. Lord shiva introduced to humans which is part of atharvana veda (dhanurveda ).

Lord Parasurama was asked by shiva to teach this art to sage Agastya.

Lord parasurama was the father of northern kalarippayattu which is called as vadakkan Kalari (They use weapons).

Sage Agastya was the father of southern kalarippayattu which is called thekkan Kalari which is the use of legs and kicks, limbs.

Central Kalari which is a mix of north and south styles.

History of kalarippayattu martial art:

The first and primary source of Indian martial arts is in Tamil language in Sangam literature which describes swords, shields, bows, spears in Sangam literature. Akananuru Andpurnanuru describes the above things.

In the 11th century, hundreds of wars occurred between Chera and Chola kingdoms. So kalarippayattu was developed as military training for various subgroups as a privilege. Mainly Namboothiri Brahmins learned and after that nayars and nadars and  Muslims, Christians also learnt this art.

Kalari arts trainers say the Goldern period for this art is from the 11th century to 18th century. With the advent of invasions and the British, this art started declining slowly.

Bodhi dharma who is a Pallava king in Tamilnadu and later he adopted Buddhism and became a famous Buddhist monk. He is 28th disciple for lord budda who took this art to china and established Shaolin temple. From China, it spread to Japan, Thailand and other parts of Asia. Kungfu and karate originated from this.

Indian buddist monk bodhi dharma
Bodhi dharma

Bodhi dharma transmitted this martial arts knowledge to them. He also taught marma kala also but they are practicing martial only.

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School for Kalarippayattu Training-

The training school for kalaripayattu martial art is called as kalari. It is constructed as per vaastu and that enclosure is 21” width and 42” length and mud are dug up to 3 feet deep.

The Poothara is seven steps platform located in the southeast corner of the of every Kalari.

The seven steps resemble strength, patience, posture, expression, commanding power, training, expression, and sound. Poothara is consists of oil lamps and flowers and god photos.

It is performed with certain rituals and chanting mantra with the salutation of the god and guru.

Mainly they worship Durga Devi before starting this art form.

Kalaripayattu Training-

First of all is they should start with exercise. Some important kalarippayattu techniques are a combination of steps and postures and the postures are based on animal and they are elephant posture, Snake, Boars, lion, fish, cat, cock, horse.

There are 4 categories for Kalari training-

Maithari – physical method

Kolthari–wooden weapon fight

Ankathari-iron/steel weapon

Verunkai prayogam- unarmed combat.

I will write a detailed article on how the training, weapons, training schools and marma art, its benefits, practitioners.

Famous Kalaripayattu Training schools-

They are Residential Gurukuls centers in Kerala and in many cities in all over India and foreigners are also coming to Kerala to learn this art form.

Buddakalari in Trivandrum.

Hindustan kalari in Calicut,

ENS kalari in ernakulam ,

Bharath kalari in kannur,kadatahndan

kalari sangam in waynad.

The kalaripayattu training fees in Kerala would we Rs500 to Rs600 per month.

Kalarippayattu Training Benefits:

Yoga, meditation is coordinated with this Kalari which is the basic step to start. To get the best result one should connect his mind and body.

  • Removes abnormal sleep,
  • Improves nervous system
  • Cardiovascular functioning improves
  • Balance improves patience and self-awareness, discipline
  • Concentration improves,
  • Improves intelligence and strategic thinking.
  • Grip, eye power. Etc and they are so many things to mention.

How Kalarippayattu benefitted Bollywood personalities-

Nowadays Bollywood actors are so crazy about this art. So let us see who they are?.

Parineeti Chopra told this martial art technique helped her is balancing the diet and weight loss and a massive increase in fitness, agility. This helped her in her film career. It gave her concentration, good posture, confidence and blood circulation.

Actress parineeti chopra
Actress Parineeti chopra

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone had learned for Bajirao Mastani film.

Salman khan also learned about the film sher khan and kick.

Tiger shroff also underwent training for baaghi film.

He gave a statement that kungfu originated from India which stunned actor Jackie chan.

South Indian actress (Tamil) Anu Hassan said her basic training and the stunts helped her to perform action scenes in a film “valla desam”

One more important and inspiring thing I want to tell about another person of Bollywood actor Vidyut jamwal.

Vidyut is performing excellent stunts and action scenes with the help of Kalari.  He explains his connection with Indian martial art.

Vidyut started learning weaponry, kicks, healing etc from the age of three and he stayed up to the age of 13 in an ashram in Palakkad town of Kerala. Vidyut mother used to train in this training center.

He says it helped him to connect his body with the soul by learning. He performed stunts in commando and bullet raja films and he taught action stunts to his entire action team for his films.

Vidyut Jammal says he wants to make our ancient martial arts popular and also planning to start an open university in Kerala to teach to training seekers.

One great thing is we should praise this actor for making this art popular. HE is one of the top among 10 top martial artists in the world.

Actor vidyut jammal
Actor Vidyut jamwal

American website looper named him 6th rank in the top 10 martial artists of this world.

So he is trying to make this art popular and inspiring the next generation to learn it. We should encourage such people.

10 bollywood actors learning kalaripayattu martial arts these days

 Famous practitioners in kalarippayattu-

Gangadharan, we should speak about this person because he is the 2nd person in the world and 1st Indian to do P.HD and he is a role model for learners and trainers.

He says he has learned and developed interest and he started in the year 1977.  He says we can barely find books on this. Kalari literature is very little and it is mostly found in theyyam (color ritual form and folk songs). There are no authoritative books or manuscripts for this art.

He understood it needs recognition like karate and judo and decided to create awareness for this art and in 1991 he registered for Ph.D.

In 1994, Gangadharan chose to name his proposed thesis Kalaripayattinte Kaayikavum Anushtanaparavumaya Ghadakangal (The Physical And Ritualistic Elements of Kalaripayattu).

As part of the research, he visited so many training centers, met experts and red books. He completed a Ph.D. in 1998 and he was honored by the University of Calicut. He worked as an editor to Kalari and Ayurveda magazines.

He published the book “ kalarippayattu nighandu” which is a dictionary for this martial art. This book was released by the Kalari samurai Meenakshi Amman. It explains gym procedures, rules and competition, and martial arts relations with countries, vocal syllables and human sensory and philosophy of yoga, healing, diet, weight lifting, weapons, postures, oil massage techniques.

Special Mention of kalaripayattu martial art -Padma Shree Meenakshi Amman Gurukkal

Meenakshi Amma with her students

Meenakshi Amma is from a town (Vatakara) in Calicut district of Kerala.

She has other honours like samurai, maestro and Kerala grandma. She started at the age of 76 and his father encouraged her to learn and at that time very few girls use to learn.

SO many girls stopped learning after puberty and marriage but she continued to learn and after she married Raghavan master a school teacher for this training.

She started her training centre at the age of 17. She has been practising for 60 years. She has dedicated her life to this art. Now her husband is no more and she is carrying the legacy of her husband to save this fading art form with strict.

Amma teaches for free and takes guru Dakshin whatever her students give.  Institute is training around 150 students and in that 1/3rd of the students are female. Meenakshi Amman institute’s name is ‘Kadaat Nandan Kalari Sangam. She performs on average 60 shows per year.

I was wondered when I saw the videos of her practice how she is fit, skilled and fast at the age of 76 and nobody can defeat this legend. The audience who sees her performance will be mesmerized and they will utter OMG.

The interesting part is she never performs with kalarippayattu traditional attire and always practice with saree which is comfortable.

Indian govt honored her with the Padma Shree award in 2017 for her service to this art.

Her training centre contact details are:

Address: Puduppanam, Janatha Rd, Narayana Nagar, Vatakara, Kerala 673105 Phone: 094956 41722

Woman warrior “Unniyarcha” –

She is a legendary warrior in kalaripayattu martial art of Kerala.


And also one more important Person Reshma who achieved Indian book of records for rotating stick for 3 hours and 50 minutes.


Kalari in movies:

7 aum aviru tells bodhi dharma journey and how he gave martial arts to china, Asian countries and it’s a new thing which so many don’t know. They had shown in the starting of that film.  I liked this film.

In a lot of Malayalam films, it is featured and a few Hindi films, one Telugu film manasara which is my mother tongue. And 2-3 Chinese, English films.

In bharateeyudu film  (Indian ) in the year 1996, south Indian star kamal Hassan performed marma art techniques and few scenes are there how he hits his opponents with fingers.  After watching this film people came to know more about these and started showing interest in learning.

Now part 2 of Indian film is now progressing and for that film actress Kajal Aggarwal started learning kalaripayattu martial art and she went to Kerala for special training.


Is kalarippayattu mother of martial arts?

Yes. I spoke to kalaripayattu martial art master and they told me this martial art was given to China and to Southeast Asian countries by bodhi dharma and in the film 7 aum aviru also says bodhi dharma taught to them.

It is said to be 3000 years old and at that time our Indians are more advanced in civilization and which other countries don’t know proper civilization but china is also an older civilization.

In the starting of civilization, most of people use to live in forests and they might have some techniques and small wars to hunt and defend but they are not like advanced arts and organized.

This art gave inspiration and so many new martial arts originated from this.

Why kalarippayattu is not popular like other martial arts?

It is sad that our great martial arts not recognized by this world. In India also people and govt also not encouraging much except that state govt of kerala.

The invasions made this art weak. The Travancore kings challenged the British with Kalari arts and the British understood this kalarippayattu will cause damage to them in wars..

The Britishers banned this art and killed so many practitioners in 18th century so, learning this art declined and some people use to learn secretly.

Due to these reasons, it has not become popular and the updating and promotion didn’t happen properly.

After independence, it was revived and till Indian film even I also don’t know what is kalarippayattu and marma

Why kalarippayattu is not taught to our defense forces?

Generally, it is a long-form of art and it cannot be taught in 2-3 months.  The defense forces are given training on how to defend themselves.

In my view, it makes a man mentally strong and physically strong and it is pride in our country so in my view this training must be given to defense forces during and after training also.


The ancient martial arts of India was not recognized by our country people it is very disheartening. we are showing interest in karate and kungfu and a lot of films came with this background but not on kalaripayattu martial art background.

I saw training centers in kerala and in metro cities but not in villages and towns of outside

More centers must be opened all over India and govt, education centers must encourage youth to learn this and it will change their life a lot.

The Government must make this an important sport in India and must encourage awards and rewards.

We see Jackie Chan, Bruce lee in the same way we need such people from india who should become worldwide experts and bring a lot of fame to our country and this kalaripayattu martial art.

Our country citizens, media, government, and intellectuals must highlight this. We should have at least kalaripayattu basic training.

In my next article Kalaripayattu training, I will write in detail about the training, marma and other important points and my views

We bharatiyagnanacharitra.in trying level best to make people aware of our ancient glory and history.