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Never seen before – The Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur

The Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur

In 1933, philanthropist Inder Singh Grewal visualized an annual recreational meet for farmers of Kila and other farmers in the vicinity to get together and test their corporal endurance. This gave birth to the Kila’s undisputed “Rural Olympics” which make it one of the offbeat places in India. The Rural Olympics of Kila of Raipur each year in the month of February.

Raipur becomes the destination for hundreds of sports buffs, including foreigners. People pour in to watch special breeds of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals competing in cutthroat competitions. Display of horse racing, tent pegging and even “Gatka” are held in high spirits. Other attractions of these Rural Olympics are Punjabi folklore and cultural festivities and in the process, the event almost transforms into an artistic ensemble.