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Mallakamba game: A traditional Indian sport

A traditional Indian sport
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Games are very popular among kids to old people and there are many more games in our country. Some physical activity games are very popular in Karnataka. One of them is the game Mallakamba.

Mallakamba, meaning malla meaning wrestler and kamba meaning pole, is a traditional Indian sport where athletes perform a variety of gymnastic moves and hold various poses on a vertical wooden pole or rope.

Mallakamba is also called Hanuman’s gift to mankind.

Mallakamba, also known as Mallagamba in some places, is an adjunct to wrestling which is popular in rural areas. This pole is made of teak wood. There are many types of mallakamba variations that have gained popularity in competitions. They are pole mallakhamb, hanging mallakamba and rope mallakamba. Mallakamba with rope etc. Pole mallakamba is essentially the traditional form of mallakamba. Competitors perform on a wooden pole which is 2.6m in height and has a circumference of 55cm at the base. The pole gradually tapers to a circumference of 35cm at the top.

Mallakamba exercises, mallakamba games are organised in garadimanes (Garadi Homes). Wrestlers practice and prepare. The most popular places where wrestling is played are – Belagavi, Koppal, Hospet, Dharawad, and Gadag and during Dussehra, it is played in Mysuru.

Mallakamba has the greatest performance value. A sport that can mesmerise the spectators. This game has been played since ancient times. Formerly Bhima, Jarasandha, and Hanuman. There was also information that Vaali Sugreeva played this sport.

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Ashwini Badiger

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