Gama Pehlwan, undefeated wrestler ‘The Great Gama’ Gama Pehlwan Google Doodle celebrates Gama Pehlwan’s 144th Birthday in India, United States and UK.
The Great Gama Pehlwan known as Rustam-e-Hind was an Indian pehlwani wrestler and strongman. Gama Pehlwan was widely considered one of best wrestlers of all time. Gama remained undefeated throughout his international matches and earned the name “The Great Gama.”
Gama’s workout routine included 500 lunges and 500 pushups at only 10 years old. In 1888, he competed in a lunge contest with over 400 wrestlers from around the country and won. His success at the competition gained him fame throughout the royal states of India. It wasn’t until he turned 15 that he picked up wrestling. By 1910, people were reading
Indian newspapers with headlines praising Gama as a national hero and world champion.
Gama earned many titles during his career, notably the Indian versions of the World Heavyweight Championship (1910) and the World Wrestling Championship (1927) where he was bestowed with the title of “Tiger” after the tournament.
In 1922, during a visit to India, the Prince of Wales presented Gama with a silver mace.Gama’s legacy continues to inspire modern day fighters. Even Bruce Lee was an avid follower of Gama’s training routine.
Happy 144th birthday, Gama Pehlwan!
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