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Kalarippayat Books

Kalarippayat Books

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KALARIPPAYAT
AN ANCIENT TRADITIONOFMARTIAL TRAININGANDPHYSICAL CULTURE
E.N.S KALARI NETTOOR 
ESTD: 1954
 NARAYANAN EMBRANTHIRI GURUKKAL
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KALARIPPAYAT, THE TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ART
‘Oh Great Godess, Who protects the Kalari tradition, Long Life’
Kalarippayat is one of the oldest living traditions of Martial training, Physical cultureand self defence method in the World. The Kalarippayat is derived from two wordsin Malayalam, Kalari and Payatt. Kalari means the place, where any particular artform is taught. Payatt literally means practice or exercise. In the present context itmeans in the traditional style of combat. It is the Martial Art form of Kerala, theSouthern most state of INDIA.
KERALA, THE MOTHER LAND OF KALARIPPAYAT
Kerala is the beautiful piece of land in theSouthern end of India, facing the ArabianSea on the western side. Throughouthistory, it was famous for its spices.Culturally and socially it stands apart fromall other India State. It is one of the thicklypopulated states in India. According to the1991 census the population was29,632,828. The density was also very high
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747 per sq. km. While the land area is only 1.03% of the whole country. The totalland area of the Kerala is only 38863 sq. kms.Kalarippayat is the only form of the most ancient traditional systems of physicalculture, self-defense and Martial techniques still in existence. The epic hero, LORDPARASURAMA [the incarnation of LORD VISHNU] retrieved Kerala from the sea.
The Origin of Kalarippayat:
The ancient scholars have divided the various art forms into 64different categories. The art of fighting with weapons isconsidered to be one among those 64 art forms. Our ancientculture contains very valuable treasures of knowledge dealtwith in
VEDAS
and
UPANISHAD
. The Dhanurveda, a branch of Yajurveda, described various techniques of Martial art, which isconsidered to be an integrated science for defense and attack.The basic science of Kalarippayat is based on Dhanurveda. Hence historians say thatthe Kalarippayat must have originated even before 2000B.C.The elder generations still believe that the Kalari Guru is the sageParasurama himself, who after creating the land of Kerala, taughtKalarippayatt to 21 disciples in order to protect and maintainpeace. Lord SIVA is considered to be the father of Kalarippayatt.Parasurama has propagated in Northern style and Sage Agasthya inSouthern style.Parasurama [he was a Brahmin] commanded the ocean [theArabian Sea] to move back by hurling a battle-axe and brought into being the land of Kerala. On the east of that land lie the mountain ranges, the Western Ghats, and onthe west is the Arabian Sea. Hence the land was termed MALAYALAM, Malameaning mountain and Alam referring to AZHAM or depth, meaning the deep sea.
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