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295/365 – Kalari

The word Kalari means “threshing floor” or “battlefield” in Malayalam. Training for Kalaripayattu, a martial art of Kerala is traditionally done inside the Kalari.

Every Kalari has a Puttara (meaning “platform where flowers are kept” in Malayalam). The Puttara is a seven tiered platform placed in the south-west corner and houses the guardian deity of the Kalari.

The seven tiers symbolise the seven abilities that each person must possess: Vignesva (strength), Channiga (patience), Vishnu (power to command), Vadugashcha (the posture), Tadaguru (training), Kali (the expression) and Vakasta – purushu (sound).

Other deities, most of them incarnations of the Bhagavathi or Shiva, are installed in the corners. Flowers, incense and water are offered to the deity every day.

Before starting the day’s practice, it is the norm for practitioners to pray to the deity. Not only is the Kalari a temple of learning, but it is also a temple of religious worship with a cult and ritual of its own.

There is also a Guruthara inside all kalaris. Guruttara means “the place where a lamp is kept burning in reverence to all the gurus (masters) of the kalari”.

Kalari also meant to be the pre-school in Kerala. At the age of three children used to be placed in Kalaris during 20th century. It is still in practice at some villages in Kerala.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalari

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