The place where ‘kalarippayattu’ is being practised is known as “kalari” It is also believed that the word kalari is originated from ‘Khalurika’ the name of a goddess. Mainly there are two versions of kalari. The first one is ancestral, known as “ nalpatheeradi” and the second is martial training and ‘duel’, known as “Arupathinaleeradi”
“Akkanadan’s sree chakram kalari’ is derived from Ancestral- Nalpatheeradi kuzhithara kalari division.
Akkanadan’s Kalari is built East West with 42 yard of length, 21 yard of width and 17.5 yard of height in ‘gaja yoni’, according to the Indian architectural methods. For temperature balance it is built 6 yard below from the ground level. In the south west part of the kalari”Poothara” is located in ‘ kanni raasi’ . The part with a triangle shaped bud upon the 7 steps is known as ‘Poothara’. The 7 steps are imagined as the 7 mother goddesses- “Brahmi, Maheswari, Koumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chamunda.
The students are worshipping the left side of the bud as ‘Sri Parameswara’ and the right side of the bud as “Bhadrakali- the house hold deity “This is imagined as the mingling up of siva and Saktheya. Next to Poothara, at the west part of the Kalari, these are Veera Ganapathi, Nagayakshi, Traditional gurus, Veerabhadran, hanuman and Subrahmanya. The icons of Ayyappan and Srichakra are installed in proper places and are worshipped accordingly.
The floor of the Kalari is prepared specially with some medicinal compounds. This medicated floor. This medicated floor is maintained and protected very carefully over the periods.
The most serious method of kalari “Arappakkai” is being practised here. The syllabus contains, “ Meithari, kolthari, Ankathari, Verum Kai, Marmasathra, Chikitsa , manthrik, Thanthrik and Vedic Subjects.