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Akhāṛās: Warrior Ascetics
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The Hindi term akhāṛā means “wrestling arena,” from which akhāṛiyā derives, meaning “master fighter,” “skilled manoevrer,” or “strategist.” There is a network of akhāṛās throughout India, particularly in the North, where men train in wrestling and other methods of fighting. Akhāṛās specialize in various techniques of fitness and combat…

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Clark, Matthew, “Akhāṛās: Warrior Ascetics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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