Oral folktales on the origins of silambam
in India mention how silambam
may be linked to a story involving a sage called Agastya who encountered Lord Murugan and learned forms of meditation from him. Agastya then conceived texts and practices that formed the basis of silambam
. There are also records of how silambam
was present during the Chola, Chera and Pandya Empires in South India from 3rd century BC to 3rd century AD.
In Singapore, silambam is taught in martial arts schools, such as the Kalari Academy and the Kalari-Payat Silambam Centre. As with other forms of traditional martial arts, practitioners benefit from values such as discipline and mindfulness that are inculcated through the practice. The art form is also increasingly popular as a form of self-defence.