The Oldest Wrestling School of India-Guru Hanuman Akhara
Guru Hanuman Akhara that comes under Wrestling Federation of India was established in 1925 and is the epicenter of the ancient wrestling tradition in India. It is the oldest akhara existing in India till now located at Shakti Nagar in New Delhi that has produced National and International wrestlers for India.
More than 100 boys are enrolled and some are outstation students coming from different states of India that live in the akhara. The boys have been divided into teams and each team is given the responsibility of cleaning, cooking, washing, and other jobs. Once the boys get over with their wrestling exercises, they have to do rest of the household chores.
Traditional Indian wrestling isn’t just a sport, it’s an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow strict rules on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time. Drinking, smoking and even sex are off limits. The focus is on living a pure life, building strength and honing their wrestling skills.