Jyesthimalla, Jyeṣṭhīmalla, Jyesthi-malla: 1 definition


Jyesthimalla means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Jyeṣṭhīmalla can be transliterated into English as Jyesthimalla or Jyeshthimalla, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

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Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Martial Arts Traditions: A Survey

Jyeṣṭhīmalla (ज्येष्ठीमल्ल, “great fighters”) refers to ancient class of warriors, as defined according to ancient Indian martial arts (dhanurveda).—Several warrior clans in India were adepts at martial art. Thus the Jyeṣṭhīmallas (‘great fighters’) of medieval India were experts in a style of wrestling called vajra-muṣṭi, which was performed with knuckle-dusters; they were spread mainly over Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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