The reason behind the title "SHRI KRISHNA KESARI"


Wrestling, the sport, is almost as old as the human civilization. This sport can be traced in the Hindu mythology and Bahubali Hanuman, the lord of strength as its prime ambassador. According to the Indian Mythology, Wrestling (aka Mal Yudh) began during "Satya yuga" and was carried on in "Treta" "Dwapar" & "Kalyug". Each Yug lasting lasts for multiple thousands of years, Eminent personalities such as Hanuman, Jamvanth, Bali, Sugriv, Sahastrarjun, Parshuram, Krishna, Balram, Karn, Bheem and Jarasandh from the Indian History were the flag bearers of this sport.


The sport can be traced in Ramayana, where Bali & Sugriv, both the brothers fight for the throne of Kishkinda Empire, Hanuman's self-defense in Ashok Vatika. However, during Satya Yug & Treta Yug, Wrestling wasn't a competitive sport, rather it was used for self-defense and for maintaining good health.

It was during the "Dwapar Yug", where wrestling emerged as a competitive sport. The Mahabharat mentions the participation of Shri Krishna & Balram in the series of bouts Organized by Kansa in Mathura and the competition between Bheem & Jarasandh, this period – “Dwapar” marks the beginning of wrestling as a competitive sport and Iconic Lord Shri Krishna, who defeated the Evil Kansa was the Flag Bearer.

 


Seeking Clues from the Ancient Indian Mythology, Dwapar Yuga's Lord "Shri Krishna" was the flag bearer of wrestling (as a competitive sport) and so the organizers who also belong to the Yadav community thought that the upcoming wrestling competition is to be titled on the 1st flag bearer of this competition.

 
Wrestling as a Modern Sport


It had been contested at the ancient Olympic Games in 708 BC. When the modern Olympics resumed in Athens in 1896, wrestling became a focus of the Games. Since 1900, it became an integral part of Olympic Games. India has a rich tradition in wrestling. Since time immemorial it was a popular sport among people in the villages. Unlike the modern sport, the ‘Dangals’ then were organised in sand ‘akharas’. Thousands of people would gather around the ‘akhara’ and egg on the mat men. After the bout the winner would go around the crowd and people would offer him cash as reward for his victory. Sushil Kumar at 2008 Beijing Games - his bronze there turned around the scene of wrestling in India. Wrestling emerged as a popular sport and Sushil its best Brand Ambassador. His silver in the next Games in London and also a bronze for Yogeshwar Dutt acted as perfect icing on the cake. Young Amit, Bajrang and many others now inspired by these heroes are determined to keep up the tradition at the next Olympic Games. In the wake of Sushi and Yogeshwar’s brilliance, young women Sakshi (Olympic Bronze Medallist), Geeta, Babita, Vinesh are also performing exceedingly well.