KUSHTI (THE INDIAN TRADITIONAL WRESTLING)

Most countries have traditional style of Wrestling. In India, Wrestling takes place in a clay or dirt pit. This ancient sports use to hold great importance in Indian societies of the past, its popularity over the recent years however it is diminishing gradually. In India, there are some places where Kushti still exists. Even in those places the future of the sport is uncertain. The soil mixed with ghee and other things and is tended to before each practice. Wrestlers belong to gyms called akharas, where wrestlers live under strict rules. Wrestler's diets consist of milk, almonds, ghee, eggs and chapattis and each wrestler has a job to do in preparing meals. They believe the game started since the Earth exists. In ancient Indian Sanskrit epics, Hanuman is considered as Pelhwan (Kushti Wrestler), Bhim (Kushti Wrestler) and many others. The sport is on the decline stage, but there are still many akharas left where the government gives no importance which is quite alarming for the Kushti Wrestlers as the wrestlers do come from a very high class society and some dedicated pehlwan continuing the Kushti Akhara by there own cost which is very nominal to keep this ancient part of Indian culture alive. Kushti wrestler is also restricted to Sex, Wine, Tobacco and Drugs.