The CVN Kalari Sangham in Thiruvananthapuram is located close to the East Fort, which is a few minutes of walking distance from the central bus station. This center of excellence was built in 1956 as a result of the constant commitment and efforts of C V Narayanan Nair, Kottackal Karunakara Gurukkal and C V Balan Nair. It was due to the efforts of this trio that the dying art of Kalarippayattu (traditional martial art of Kerala) was revived once again. These people popularized the art by way of demonstrations, collecting necessary information and setting up Kalaries throughout the State.
To reach CVN Kalari Sangham, overseas travelers can use Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is at a distance of about 6 km. People preferring journey by train may use the nearest rail station of Thiruvananthapuram Central, at about 1.5 km away.
CVN Kalari Sangham has carved a niche for itself in preserving Kalarippayattu, an invaluable part of Kerala's heritage. Kalarippayattu has derived its name from Kalari (training center very similar to that of gymnasium) and Payattu (duel). So, Kalarippayattu indicates martial expertise which people learn in a ring or in a training centre.
It is believed that Kalarippayattu is the origin of all martial art forms of the world. This form of hand-to-hand armed combat in closed quarters is an exclusive characteristic of this state. The art form of Kalarippayattu is a magical blend of physical dexterity, attitude, techniques of martial art and native medical system.
The CVN Kalari is constructed 4 feet beneath ground level facing an east-west direction. Except for the tiny door on the eastern face, it is closed on all the sides.
Such architecture is very suitable for the humid weather of Kerala. Inside the Kalari, it is pretty dark and the only light that is there comes from the traditional wick lanterns.
In CVN Kalari Sangham, visitors will find idols of some deities where devotional rituals are performed before the beginning of every training session to obtain divine blessings. Apart from the main idol of Kalari Paradevata, visitors will find idols of Bhadrakaali, Ganapathi and Naga. The rituals of worship form an integral element of the Kalari tradition.
At CVN Kalari, Kalari Chikitsa also called Kalari treatment is another interesting thing to see. This is a total system of medicine to heal ailments as well as to develop the flexibility of the body.
At CVN Kalari, Kalari Chikitsa also called Kalari treatment is another interesting thing to see. This is a total system of medicine to heal ailments as well as to develop the flexibility of the body. So, it goes without saying that you should certainly visit CVN Kalari Sangham, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala on your next visit. It would be an experience worth remembering for a long time to come.
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