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 Indian mud wresting or Kushti (also known as Pehlwani) in Akharas (place of the wrestling and wrestlers) is not just an ancient sport but a way of life, taught through generations of Guru (Teacher) and Shishyas (pupils). The brotherhood of the men living in Akharas practice strict diet, discipline and sacrifice from distractions in order to prepare their bodies and minds, learning techniques, gathering strength and speed for the sport. Many Olympians representing India have come from these traditional Akharas.

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