Indian Hercules @ Kodi Rammurthy Naidu
Kodi Rammurthy Naidu:
A rebel teenager, fickle minded, completely unfocussed in studies, goes ahead to earn the title of ‘Indian Hercules’ for his surprising feats in the field of physical strength. Yes, we are talking about Kodi Rama Murty, the great pehelwan who blessed the land of Veeraghattam, Srikakulam in April 1882.
Kodi Rammurthy Biography:
|Kodi Ram Murti Naidu
|Ram Murti Naidu
|Date of Birth
|12th April 1882
|59 years 9 Months
|Place of Birth
|Date of Death
|2 February 1942
Kodi Rammurthy Journey:
Ramamurthy was asked to shake hands with ‘kusti’ at a local gym in Vizianagaram, his uncle’s place where he was sent to continue his education. His skills were impressive and to polish them he was sent to a professional fitness centre in Madras. That was where he transformed into an undisputed wrestler and took up the job of a fitness instructor in a college.
His expertise in Vayu Stambhana( air resistance) and Jala Stambhana( water resistance) became the cause of his popularity. In 1911, he started with public shows, leaving people and government officials gaping at his unbelievable feats. His performance at a National Congress Meeting, impressed Madan Mohan Malvya and opened an avenue for him to perform in front of the king of England.
Kodi Rammurthy Achievements:
In England, his brawn and skills mesmerized King George V. When he balanced an elephant for about 5 minutes on his chest, the king was overwhelmed and rewarded him the title of ‘Indian Hercules.’
Kodi Ramamurthy had even undergone extensive knee surgery without anaesthesia. This godly strength could be achieved by him through yoga from which he attained complete control over his mind and body. Though a less talked about name in the family of Indian athletes, India is yet to produce another Kodi Rama Murthy.