History of Silambam

The History of Silambattam dates back to Pandya kings, during their reign in Tamil Nadu they promoted Silambattam along side their Chola and Chera counterparts.

Silapathikaram of Tamil literature, dating back to 2nd century A.D., refers to the sale of silamabam staves, swords, pearls and armour to foreign traders. The ancient trading centre at Madurai was said to be populated largely by Romans, Greeks, Egyptians among others who had trade relations with the ancient Dravidian kings.

The silambattam was one of the best entertainment for visitors at that time.