Google makes doodle to pay tribute to great Gama Pehalwan

By: News Desk
Published: 10:38 AM, 22 May, 2022
Google makes doodle to pay tribute to great Gama Pehalwan
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Search engine website Google made a doodle (animation) paying tribute to the great Gama wrestler aka Gama Pahlawan on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Google commented: "Gama’s legacy continues to inspire modern day fighters. Even Bruce Lee is a known admirer and incorporates aspects of Gama's conditioning into his own training routine!"

Google celebrates the 144th birthday of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Gama Pehalwan, with an artistic doodle

The doodle was created by guest artist Vrinda Zaveri. The doodle featured Gama with a mace. Gama Pehalwan's real name was Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt.  He was commonly known as Rustam-e-Hind. 

Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt was born on 22 May 1878 and breathed his last on 23 May 1960.

In the early 20th century, he was an undefeated wrestling champion of the world.

Born in village Jabbowal, Amritsar District in the Punjab province of colonial India in 1878, Baksh was awarded a version of the World Heavyweight Championship on 15 October 1910. 

Undefeated in a career spanning more than 52 years, he is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

As per reports, in London, Gama issued a challenge that he could throw any three wrestlers in 30 minutes of any weight class. 

This announcement however was seen as a bluff by the wrestlers and their wrestling promoter R. B. Benjamin. For a long time no one came forward to accept the challenge. 

To break the ice, Gama presented another challenge to specific heavy weight wrestlers.  

He challenged Stanislaus Zbyszko and Frank Gotch, either he would beat them or pay them the prize money and go home.  The first professional wrestler to take his challenge was the American Benjamin Roller.  In the bout, Gama pinned Roller in 1 minute 40 seconds the first time, and in 9 minutes 10 seconds the other.