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.

Guru Hanuman Akhara has produced wrestlers like Dara Singh, Guru Satpal, Sushil Kumar, Yogendra Kumar, Anuj Chowdhary, Rajiv Tomer, Anil Mann, Sujit Mann, Naveen, Rakesh Goonga and many others.
The club was named after the legendary Indian wrestler, Guru Hanuman, who was born in Chidwa village in 1901 in Western Rajasthan. Hanuman was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours and he was the recipient of the Shree Dronacharya Award, a prize named after the mythical sage warrior which is reserved for sports coaches. Hanuman died in a car accident at Partapur,Meerut in 1999.

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.

Two of Hanuman’s disciples won gold medals at the Asian Games in 1982 and 1986.Wrestlers of Guru Hanuman Akhara has given many awards to the nations such as 16 Arjuna Awards,3 Padma Shri and 5 Dronacharya Awards.

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A wrestling match played on mud at Guru Hanuman Akhara in New Delhi.

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A wrestlers is seen from the exercise machines at Guru Hanuman akhara.

Wrestler practising on mat at Guru Hanuman Akhara in New Delhi.

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A wrestler is seen from the window at Guru Hanuman akhara in New Delhi.

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A wrestler in between the talk with another wrestler at Guru Hanuman akhara.

Wrestlers sleeping and resting on the mat at Guru Hanuman Akahara in New Delhi.

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56 thoughts on “The Oldest Wrestling School of India-Guru Hanuman Akhara

  1. i want to join.plz give me your contact no. i want to ask you some thing about fees and stay facility.plz rply me soon

      1. Ram ram ji .. mujhe wrestling bhout pasand hai or mujhe wrestling se bhout lagao hai aap mujhe wrestling ki tayari karwade please….. please… Aapka neeraj …. Mera contact no…9871385523 ok and thanks…

    1. I want to play wrestling for india. That’s my dream.i am searching training centre for my practise..can you send me your contact number?

  2. I am not the owner of the Akahra.I am a photojournalist and I documented the akhara.Below are the details of akhara.

    Maha Singh Rao (International Coach)
    (Dronacharya Awardee)

    Address: Guru Hanuman Akhara,Guru Hanumman Road,Sakti Nagar,Delhi-110007
    Phone no. 011-45261975
    Mobile no. 09868119398
    Email: mahasinghrao@gmail.com

  3. i join your akahara , plz join us . i live in rajasthan , ajmer , beawar city . i play kusti and i love kusti . thanks

  4. sir mai india ke liye gold medal lana chahta hu eske liye mujhe aap ki jarurat hai bina aap ke ye ni ho sakta aap duniya ke best coches me se ek hai plese sir mujhe ek mooka de ke dekhe aapko nirash ni kruga

  5. Sir kusti is my life and my parents not play kusti .
    Sir i am coming akhra but main problem is fees .
    M seva kar duga or kusti sekga dena

  6. sir mera name nitesh dash hai main odisha se kalahandi dist bhawanipatna se hu mujhe wrestling bahut Jada pasand hai main wrestling main join karna chahta hu

  7. मैं 20 साल का हूँ मैं कानपुर का रहने वाला हु। तो क्या sir मैं जॉइन कर सकता हु।

  8. SIR ME KUSTI SIKHNA CHAHTA HU MAGAR MERE PASS NA DIET KE PAINSE HAI OR NA AAPKO FEES DENE KE MAGAR ITNA KAHNA CHAHTA KI AGAR AAPNE MUJHE SIKHAYA TO ME AAPKO OR APNE DESH BHARAT KO WO DUNGA KI PURI DUNIYA YAAD RAKHEGI

  9. Jo koi b join krna chahta ho plz contact-
    Maha Singh Rao
    Address: Guru Hanuman Akhara,Guru Hanumman Road,Sakti Nagar,Delhi-110007
    Phone no. 011-45261975
    Mobile no. 09868119398

  10. sir pls mujhe apne akhare ki opening date bata dijiye mai apke akhare me admission lena chahta hu isliye mai kab ajau sir pls

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