Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb

  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb
  • Learning the ropes of Mallakhamb

Mallakhamb is an ancient Indian sport which originated as a complementary exercise for wrestling, but is now practiced as a sport in itself.

The name is a combination of the words 'malla', which means athlete or strong man, and 'khamba', which means pole. Athletes perform a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses while suspended from a rope or on a pole. Practitioners say that the sport not only develops a healthy and strong body, but also strengthens willpower and helps compose the mind.

* Vivek Prakash / Reuters

     
       
         
           
             
               
                 
                   
                     
                       
                         
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