Mallakhamb is a traditional Indian sport, performance, and exercise in which the athlete performs feats and poses on a vertical wooden pole or rope. The pole, also called a Mallakhamb, is generally made with teak, is rubbed with castor oil to prevent friction. The practice originated in Maharastra, India, during the 12th century, as a form of training for wrestlers. The word “Malla” means wrestler, while “khamb” translates as pole.
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