During the Mongol invasion of Iran (1256 AD), many Iranian Pahlavans traveled to India and introduced some of the Pahlavani traditions and instruments to the Indian subcontinent. One such introduction among many was Meels, also known to the western world as the Indian Clubs. After many centuries, Meels took different sizes and shapes in India and appeared under names such as Ekka, Karela, Jori and Gada. Some even have sharp nails or blades in the sides of the clubs. These features cannot be found in the present form of the Iranian Meels. There is also evidence that very seldom Meels are called Gavargah, which is a Mongol word.

Among many Pahlavans who traveled to India are Pahlavan Bozorg Pouriyay-e Vali(mid 1300 AD) and Pahlavan Shirdel Kohneh Savar (mid 1300 AD). Their journeys and the accounts of their wrestling matches are documented in Pahlavani books and have been passed from generation to generation in the form of oral history.

Centuries later, the British brought the clubs to Europe and named them "Indian Clubs." The Clubs eventually were brought to the United States of America by European immigrants in the 1800s.

Meels come in different sizes and weights. Two factors that affect exercising with Meels are the height and the weight of a Meel. Usually the light meels weigh about 10-15 lbs. This type of Meel is good for improving one's stamina and they are exercised in 100s of sets. It is reported that Pahlavan Bozorg Hassan Razaz used to exercise meel swinging with 1,000 sets of swings as part of his daily exercise.

On the other hand, heavy Meels are used for building the practitioner's strength. Heavy meels range from 25 lbs. to 60 lbs. each, and the height can be as tall as 4.5 feet. The material used to produce Meels is walnut wood for heavy-weight kinds. To make it even heavier, Meel makers add lead to the bottom of the Meel, but this has to be done with care in order to ensure the symmetry of the Meel in terms of its center of gravity.

One type of ritual that is not a part of Pahlavani tradition is joggling light meels. This type of demonstration or entertainment became popular within the last 70 years in many Zoorkhanehs in Iran. This theatrical exercise is not part of Pahlavani and has no Pahlavani characteristics. In recents years the Pahlavani Federation in Iran has discouraged joggling with Meels in Zoorkhanehs as an individual art which will be scored in the tournaments.