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Pejawar Mutt seer wins arm-wrestling match with student | Mangaluru News

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Pejawar Mutt seer wins arm-wrestling match with student | Mangaluru News

Udupi: The verdant campus of Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha in Bengaluru came alive on Deepavali as students roared and cheered, while watching in rapt attention an impromptu arm-wrestling match between Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha swamiji of Pejawar Adhokshaja Mutt and a student. That the 56-year-old Swamiji was able to best the student, little over 25 years of age, was absorbed with as much awe as it was with inspiration.
A one-minute-long video of the arm wrestling match, played out on the lawns of the Vidyapeetha in Bengaluru, has since gone viral on the web. The swamiji ended the challenge in a minute by firmly pushing down the arm of the contender to the ground. All this happened prior to the famed ‘Taila Abhyanjana’ or a period before the traditional Diwali oil bath. Bodies of both the seer and the student were soaked in oil.
The students, already chuffed about the Swamiji deciding to spend the festival at Vidyapeetha that was founded by Sri Vishvesha Teertha in 1956, their joy knew no bounds when he managed to win the match with a student half his age. Sri Vishwaprasanna Swamiji is an accomplished yoga exponent, in addition being an expert swimmer. For the students of the Vidyapeetha, where they learn the Vedas and shastras, it was a novel experience to watch the seer exhibit his physical strength.
Incidentally, Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha had once gone toe-to-toe with Sri Vishwavallabha Tirtha swamiji of Sri Sodhe Mutt in a ‘friendly’ kabaddi match on the occasion of Deepavali at Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi. Those who have been studying the traditions of the Ashta Matas and are acquainted with the history of the Sri Krishna temple in Udupi, state that such events reinforce the strong ties between the heads of the eight mutts.