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Sultan’s trailer is out and is making great waves as one would expect from any Salman Khan event! With Salman Khan playing a pehalwan, his fans are over the moon as they get to see him in a never-seen-before avatar. Even as Salman continues to raise heartbeats with his stellar looks and performance, we cannot forget that his reel performance is inspired by some real-life heroes who follow strictly disciplined routines to practice the dying sport of pehalwani or kushti. Also Read - Do You Have Celiac Disease? You May Die Prematurely
From waking up at 3 am in the morning and training rigorously to observing celibacy, these pehalwans dedicate their life to this 3000-year old sport they all love. So, as you enjoy Salman Khan’s Sultan trailer, also have a look at these amazing places in India where you can see some real life pehalwans sweating it out! Also Read - Entertainment News Today April 9, 2020: Zoa Morani Feels Much Better Says She is Responding Well to The Treatment
Akharas are called talims in Pune and Chichechi Talim, Pune’s oldest akhada, is well known all over India. Established in 1786, Chichechi talim has been grooming pehalwans ever since and continues to send them for competitions all across India.
With a number of akharas like Guru Chand Roop akhara, Chandgi Ram akhara, and Guru Hanuman akhara, Delhi is one of the most active hubs of pehalwani in India.
Another active kushti hub in Maharashtra is Kolhapur. The Shahupuri fight club is one of the most popular akharas here. Formerly supported by local Maharajas, Kolhapuri kushti is now funded by the government and still has a good number of devoted practitioners.
The Bhooteshwar akhara in Mathura is one of the most famous in north India where kushti is practiced with great devotion. Mathura is Lord Krishna’s birthplace and finds significance in Hindu culture and religion. It is said that Krishna was a wrestler and defeated the evil Kansa in a wrestling match making pehalwani an important sport in history.
Punjab and Haryana are two more places that have preserved the art and sport of kushti. If you wish to witness the sport in this part of India, the Guru Rajkumar Goswami Akhara in Punjab is a great place to start. The Guru Shyam Lal akhara in Haryana is also considered one of the finest in India.
Varanasi has quite a few akharas where pehalwans sweat it out all day long. One of the popular ones is the Tulsi Ghat akhara where you can see some fine north Indian pehalwans fighting each other everyday.
Kanpur is said to have been home to around 60 akharas in the past. There were close to 12 gharanas here, the most prominent being the Hazi Addha Pehalwan ka akhara. As of today there are only three main akharas still following the traditional practice – The Rashtriya Akhara at Massacre Ghat, Chandu Pehalwan ka Akhara at Bhagwat Das Ghat and the Akhara at Golaghat.
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