Vikash Sharma

Puri: After becoming an internet sensation overnight due to his sculpted physique, Anil Gochikar is again in news after pictures of him along with his brother pulling chariots during this year’s Rath Yatra in Puri left the internet in a frenzy drawing comparisons to scenes in blockbuster movie Baahubali.

These muscleman servitors of the Lord Jagannath have earned themselves the moniker of ‘Bahubali’ servitors of Puri. Both Anil and his brother Damodar were recently caught on camera on the Rath Yatra day, putting their heavy build through its paces while pulling the chariots of the holy trinity on the grand road of Puri.

“My body is nothing if it is of no use for the service of the Lord,” said Anil, who won the Mr Odisha title and Mr India title in 2012.

It is now almost 10 years that Anil (40) has been working on his fitness and focusing on bodybuilding which has earned him all the love and recognition. Clad in a white dhoti, the picture of Anil had gone viral on social media last year.

According to Anil, his elder brother Damodar Gochikar inspired him to take up professional bodybuilding. “The feeling of pulling the chariot cannot be described in words. It was like, we did not do anything, but the Lord Jagannath himself was doing all the work,” said Damodar.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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