India's rural Olympics: A spectacle of strength, showmanship and many Sikhs [Photos]

Jat aggression and Sikh strength were on full display at India's Rural Olympics also called the Kila Raipur Sports Festival.

Arlene February 13, 2012 14:31:34 IST
Men play a game of kabaddi at the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as 'Rural Olympics', in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP
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Men play a game of kabaddi at the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as 'Rural Olympics', in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP
A villager balances a plough in his mouth during the rural sports festival. AP
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A villager balances a plough in his mouth during the rural sports festival. AP
Animals have their share of play too. Dogs participate in a race during the festival, in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP
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Animals have their share of play too. Dogs participate in a race during the festival, in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP
In a show of strength, two men lie on the grounds and allow a tractor carrying three adults to pass over them. AP
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In a show of strength, two men lie on the grounds and allow a tractor carrying three adults to pass over them. AP
A villager lifts a bicycle with his teeth as he performs during  the rural sports festival, on Saturday. AP
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A villager lifts a bicycle with his teeth as he performs during the rural sports festival, on Saturday. AP
A horse has a field day, as it is made to dance to the rhythm of a drum during the "Indian Rural Olympics". AP
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A horse has a field day, as it is made to dance to the rhythm of a drum during the "Indian Rural Olympics". AP
A physically challenged villager displays a feat of strength by stopping two motorbikes with ropes, during the Kila Raipur Sports Festival. AP
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A physically challenged villager displays a feat of strength by stopping two motorbikes with ropes, during the Kila Raipur Sports Festival. AP
Giddy up! Giddy up! A bull jumps over a cot during the sports festival. AP
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Giddy up! Giddy up! A bull jumps over a cot during the sports festival. AP
He's got teeth! An Indian villager pulls a car with his teeth during the "Indian Rural Olympics", in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP
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He's got teeth! An Indian villager pulls a car with his teeth during the "Indian Rural Olympics", in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP
A Sikh warrior rides on two horses during a rural sports festival, also known as "Indian Rural Olympics". AP
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A Sikh warrior rides on two horses during a rural sports festival, also known as "Indian Rural Olympics". AP