Arimalla or Ari Deva (reigned 1200-16) was the first king of the Malla
dynasty in Nepal.
Beginning in the early twelfth century, leading notables in Nepal
began to appear with names ending in the term malla, (wrestler in
Sanskrit), indicating a person of great strength and power. According
to the legends  Ari Malla was a pioneer figure in wrestling and the
title Malla was thus made hereditary by the king to his descendants.
Arimalla was the first king to be so called, and the practice of
adopting such a name was followed regularly by rulers in
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