The Guru Hanuman Akhara in Delhi, is India¹s most famous wrestling seminary.
It draws the nation's best young male talent who come here to live, train and practice kushti, an ancient form of mud wrestling. The young men live an almost monastic existence as they pursue perfection of their craft. No smoking, drinking or sex is allowed. They rise at 4am and follow a strict regime that includes exercises and weight training. Their sole objective is to hone their wrestling skills and under the watchful eye of Rau, one of India¹s most revered coaches they learn grips feints and tricks which few people alive know today. The athletes¹ diet is vegetarian and each wrestler takes his turn to make meals. After resting and eating, in the early evening they have a strenuous session in the pits.