National Geographic Your Shot

In the Mud | Photograph by Anirban Mandal
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In India, mud wrestling is a fierce sport called Kushti. #YourShotPhotographer Anirban Mandal explains that the sport is actually a way of life, passed down from teacher to student while living in communal residences called akharas. He says, "The brotherhood of the men living in Akharas practice strict diet, discipline and sacrifice from distractions in order to prepare their bodies and minds, learning techniques, gathering strength and speed for the sport."

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@rahulnopani

@willsheps2 that's a painful pic haha

@rahulnopani

@willsheps2 thanku very much will,god bless you

@reza.baratzadeh7

👌👌👌

@montielestela

Cómo les gusta maltratar el cuerpo!!! 😢😢😡😡😡😠😠

@mr.rezaraad

Wonderful. Kushti is a Farsi name which same meaning .

@nidhijaya_varun

🔥🔥🔥

@laurencelevine

Диана,точно, знаменитые компании сделали опр/ос, с серьезным вознаграждением. Мне на неделе 45 т/р. вып/латили, я в шоке была. Можно успеть пройти. Торопись. Сс.ылка на оп,рос этот в моем про,филе указана так что проходи.

@abdulkarimsondang

@jevinbember too many coffee and nicotine

@_ijasleo_____

🔥🔥🔥

@frau6300

Лиза, я же тебе говорю прохожу опросы, вчера 45т.p.я выводила! смотри у мня в статсе все описанно....

@viralplanett_

Help me to collect 10k followers for swipe up function ❤️

@7hueshommes

Exquisite work. Very inspiring ✨✨

@mrmydell

Stunning compositions

@westpalmphotog

You should see the other guy 😉😉

@stavrosis

Wow Ethan, great moves, keep it up, I'm proud of you.

@willsheps2

@rahulnopani you’re so famous!!!!!

@media_hog

@willsheps2 @abaicliff Rahul playing it up for national geographic

@ar_phg

Un dipinto!

@rbyfbyrno

What is this 😐😐

@jordankasotirov

I saw mud wrestling in Varanasi. Great capture!

@j.palmer94

@pitts_protography and if you look to the left side of the river, you can see Harper and josh in an intense round of Kushti, or ancient Indian mud wrestling. They have been practicing for weeks now with a strict diet of hamburgers, spaghetti, and deli sandwiches, gathering strength and speed for the sport.

@escoffier215

Kushti 👌😂😳🙈😉

@joanwho_

😲👌

@brandonyorkphotos

Definitely diffrent but i like it 🔥

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