Even if one brands the palace town is famous for wrestling, it would be appropriate, because, it’s evident from the more numbers of wrestling training centers in the city than elsewhere in Karnataka. Besides, the wrestling centers are ever busy throughout the year with frequent wrestling competitions. Meanwhile, at the backdrop of Dasara, the wrestling centers gets the fillip for activities and the wrestlers prepare themselves to compete during Dasara celebrations.
The wrestling has significance among other programmes during Dasara celebration. The wrestling competitions are famous during the erstwhile rulers. It was during the dynasty rule, wrestling competitions were held in the palace grounds every week. The wrestlers enjoyed royal care. It’s during royals wrestling training centers mushroomed in the palace city. The wrestlers braving early morning chilly weather go to train at wrestling centers. They would display their prowess during Dasara and get rewarded by royals. The winners will be conferred with Dasara Kesari, Dasara Kanteerava, Dasara Kumar Awards. Its being followed even now while the mega wrestling in ring during Dasara proves this marvelous feat.
At the present scenario, one wonders whether the wrestling training venues that thrived during the royals are losing sheen, because modern gyms are competing with traditional wresting. If you take a round to the city, you will come across hundreds of wrestling centers, Gopalaswamy wrestling center in Nala street, Sunnadakeri; wrestling center nearby Mahalingeshwar mutt on Basaveshwar Road, K G Koppalu, Paduvarahali, Ishwararaya wresting center on Hullinabeedi, Fakir Ahmed Saheb wrestling center, etc and etc. The hundreds of wrestlers – Bettada Chikkanna, Pai Papanna, Pai Shankara Chakravarti, Chinna, Anant etc brought laurels to palace city.
One gets intrigued by the wrestlers, because their daily routine, diet, physical training all differs. They punish their bodies with rigorous training and exercises. They work on traditional fitness equipments to get shapely bodies without seeking the expert advices from dieticians and doctors. They consume plenty of badam milk, joggery, rava, nutritious food, sweets and cheese, butter, rice, chapatti, maize, milk etc.
One upon a time, the wrestlers brought laurels to their village and supported them with all means. Even though, the numbers seeking traditional wrestling training are dwindling in the recent past, it has still maintained its status. The wrestling has its own place even now during Dasara celebrations. It’s being proved by over 130 pairs of wrestlers competing in the upcoming Dasara Utsav.