Vrindavan, 2019-11-10 (VT): Professional Indian wrestler, Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known as ‘The Great Khali’ visited Vrindavan’s Banke Bihari Mandir today. Currently on a tour of Agra-Mathura, Khali also went to Shri Krishna Janmasthan on Friday.
According to various media sources, the WWE’s World Heavyweight Champion (2007) (also the first Indian world champion in WWE history), had been invited to a school program in Agra. He took the opportunity to fulfill his wish to meet Thakurji in Braj.
When the 47-year-old wrestler reached Banke Bihari Mandir with his personal bodyguards today morning, devotees were taken by surprise seeing ‘The Great Khali’ in their midst. Temple seivayats Kamal Kishore Goswami and Rasik Shekahr Goswami performed ‘puja-archana’ for him and also gave him the ‘Prasadi Dupatta’.
Talking to media representatives, Khali said that “visiting Mathura-Vrindavan was a long-cherished dream which was fulfilled by Banke Bihari’s Kripa (grace) today.” He added that being the ‘lila-sthali’ of the first wrestler, the source of Mallavidya – Shri Balarama – Braj has special significance for him, and he hopes to set up a wrestling academy here.
Commenting further, Khali said that he believes that it is imperative for ‘Kushti’ (traditional Indian wrestling) to evolve in order to survive the changing times. He also reiterated the importance of government support for conserving and promoting this ancient martial art form.