Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram

Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram

The Ashram

Dharmikam Ashram is a center of learning, healing and spirituality. Through Kalaripattu teaching, Kalari Chikilsa treatments, and daily celebrations held at the temple, there are innumerable opportunities to grow.

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Guru Balachandran Nair is one of the few surviving great masters of Kalaripayattu. As the sage of the ashram he provides spiritual leadership, training and treatments to his disciples, students and visiting guests.

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Kalaripayattu is the oldest existing martial art form, dating back more than 12,000 years. It is the most powerful martial art because of the application of strength and speed to 'marma' (pressure) points of the body.

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The ancient healing system of Kalari Chikilsa uses handmade oils and medicines that can be personalized according to the patient’s needs. When given enough time, the treatments can cure nearly any illness or chronic disease.

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The goal of meditation is to achieve a state of single, pointed concentration, without worrying about the past or future. The ashram provides an ideal environment for learning and practising meditation.

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The spiritual center of the ashram is a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Through regular chanting, prayers and rituals that are held at the temple, the atmosphere at the ashram is very positive, peaceful and pure.

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Your stay at Dharmikam Ashram

While planning your stay at the ashram, you should know that Dharmikam Ashram prides itself on being a comfortable, clean and pleasant place for guests from all around the world.

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Calendar and Festivals

Monthly temple activities consist of Homas, Aditya Pongala and Naga Puja. Other temple celebrations include Hanuman Jayanti, which is celebrated in April, followed by the Ashram Varshikam (anniversary) around August/September. On the right side of this page you may find all the upcoming events and celebrations.

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Purpose Statement

The main purpose of Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram is to provide education in the traditional martial art of Kalaripayattu and the healing system of Kalari Chikilsa through the traditional Indian Guru-Shishya Parampara. This tradition is 'gasping for breath,' struggling to stay alive today. Because of this, Dharmikam considers it her duty to preserve the traditions of the past and keep them alive for the benefit of future generations.

Anyone who wishes to show their support for the ashram’s purpose is most welcome to visit.

A Brazilian documentary made in 2015 for the Olympic Games in Rio featured Dharmikam Ashram to introduce the Traditional Martial Art of Kalaripayattu: