Kodi Ramamurthy Naidu
: కోడి రామమూర్తి నాయుడు)(1882–1942), known as Kodi Ramamurthy
, was an Indian bodybuilder
who earned enormous respect for India.
Naidu was born in Veeraghattam
in the Srikakulam district
of Andhra Pradesh
. He was called "Kaliyuga Bheema". This great bodybuilder performed impressive feats like stopping a car at high acceleration, breaking iron chains and holding an elephant
leg on his chest, as well as juggling elephant babies with weights attached to them.King George
and Queen Mary
called him the "Indian Hercules" after watching his display of physical strength at Buckingham Palace
Rammurthy joined a fitness centre in Vizianagaram
and learnt wrestling. His uncle Kodi Narayana Swamy, a Police Inspector sent him to a fitness centre in Madras. He returned to Vizianagaram after one year training and joined as a physical training instructor at the high school.
He started a circus company. His feats attracted people all over the country. He used to break an iron chain tied to his body by taking a deep breath and flexing his muscles. Iron chains would be tied to his shoulders and the other ends were tied to two cars and used to stop them. He took an elephant on his chest and held it for five minutes.
He demonstrated his skills at the Indian National Congress
meeting in Allahabad. Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya
encouraged him to perform his feats abroad and sent his team to London.
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