The Giant Swing

The Giant Swing

A religious monument formerly used as part of a Brahmin ceremony. Built in 1784 (not on the site it is at today) the monument was then damaged by lightening and stopped being used. In 1920 it was renovated and moved to where it is today (a gas plant was being built at its previous location).

In 2005 it underwent major renovations as the timbers had suffered and were showing signs of serious damage.

Swing ceremonies (known as Triyampavai-Tripavai) were held in major cities with swing monuments. Teams of men in elaborate headdress would launch themselves using the swing attempting to grab a bag of gold coins suspended on a pole 25 meters above the ground using their teeth.

The event has special significance to Brahma Hinduism, an enactment of Hindu origin stories.

The festival was discontinued from 1935 as the death and injury rate was too high.

The Giant Swing
The Giant Swing


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