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Olympic medal winning wrestler Ravi Dahiya performs Jalabhishek at Shiva Mandir

Ravi Dahiya who had a successful run at the Tokyo Olympics where he won the silver medal returned home to a rousing welcome. Dahiya fulfilled his vow by performing jalabhishek of the Shivling at a Shiva Mandir in keeping with Hindu traditions after the fulfillment of his wish to win an Olympic medal for the country.

As per available information, Dahiya’s family members had lit the Akhand Jyot (a lamp that’s kept burning) to ensure his victory at the Olympics. The ritual of jalabhishek after returning home victorious was Ravi Dahiya’s way of expressing gratitude to Mahadev.

Drawing parallels with actor Prabhas’ on-screen role in the hit movie Bahubali, netizens have been referring to Ravi Dahiya as a real-life Bahubali after his picture carrying the pot of water to perform the jalabhishek went viral. It is worth mentioning that Ravi Dahiya had trekked to Uttarakhand’s Tunganath Shiva Mandir in 2020 along with Deepak Punia and others. Tunganath is said to be the world’s highest Shiva Mandir.

OpIndia reports that Ravi Dahiya also headed to Jammu to thank his motivator Vickrant Mahajan who inspired Dahiya to go for the medal. Dahiya says “Very few people know that to accomplish this unparalleled feat for the nation, I had been motivated by Jammu-based Vickrant Mahajan”.

Mahajan initiated the GoAthlete campaign to motivate Bharatiya athletes for the Tokyo Olympics a couple of years ago and that is when Dahiya came in touch with him. Highlighting the role played by Mahajan, Dahiya says “Initially my goal was to just qualify for the Olympics but Vickrant inspired me to set the goal for a medal and asked me to commit wholeheartedly to it. Together, we have worked out a vision for the next 10 years and this is just the beginning”.

Ravi Dahiya became only the second Bharatiya wrestler to reach an Olympics final after Sushil Kumar and earned laurels for the country by winning a silver in the 57 kgs freestyle category at the Tokyo Olympics.

(Featured Image Source: Swarajya Mag)

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