Mallakhamb is a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs feats and poses in concert with a vertical wooden pole or rope. The word also refers to the pole used in the sport.
Mallakhamb derives from the terms malla which denotes a wrestler and khamb which means a pole. Mallakhamb can therefore be translated to English as "Pole Gymnastics". On April 9, 2013, the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh mallakhamb as the state sport.
Almost 25 to 30 types of mallakhamb apparatus were tried and tested over the years. 16 various types are present, but for sports, only six types are used. Mallakhamb is present in the Hind Kesari, Indian Wrestling championship. Competitively there are there main variations of mallakhamb.