The stone weighing 1200 Kilograms at vadodra Museum in Sayajibaug which remains a memory of the strength of the only undefeated wrestler from India , took more than 25 men to lift, but one man could do it alone and did. He was Bruce lee’s inspiration the great Gama.
When a 20 year old boy lifted a 1200 kg of stone in vadodra on December 23, 1902, it left the spectators astounding. Twice the size of a baby elephant, Ghulam Muhammad , lifted 1200 KG stone with his two arms on December 23, 1902. Popularly, known as Great Gama entered the profession of wrestling as early as 10 years old and finished among the top 15.
Ghulam Muhammad was born in Patiala in 1878. His father Muhammad Aziz Baksh was also a wrestler who passed away when he was 4 and was brought up by his uncle. He later moved to Lahore during India-Pakistan partition.
His tremendous strength came from his daily routine. For diet , he consumed 2 gallons of milk per day mixed with 1.5 pound of crushed almond paste and fruit juice. 5,000 Squats and 3,000 standing push ups and would spar with his fellow wrestlers.
He touched the pinnacle of glory, when he challenged Rahim Bakshi Sultamwala, a heavy weight wrestler at that time in 1895. Rahim stood at Massive 6 feet 9 inches and Gama , an amateur at 5 feet 7 inches, trying to make it to the Ring. The match went for hours and ended up draw. Fate brought the two fighters to the ring again and Great Gama won.His short height did not discourage from pinning the heavy wrestlers on the ground.
In 1910, he threw out an open challenge in England(currently Great Britian) to defeat anyone under 30 minutes regardless of his weight group. He left defeating American Champion , Benjamin Roller in 1 minute 40 seconds.
On 15, October 1910, he was awarded the World heavy weight Championship. When he challenged world heavy weight champion Stanislaus Zbyszko, the match ended up in a draw. Zbysko spent most of the time running and pinning to the ground. However, Gama challenged him for a re-match, for which Stanislaus Zbyszko never showed up. Eventually, Gama was declared the winner.
In his career of 50 years, he remains the only undefeated Indian wrestler. During the bloody India-Pakistan partition, he shifted to Mohini Road,Lahore. He knew Lahore as he knew Amritsar. The locality he moved in was predominately Hindu. The mob frenzy was taking place in both India and Pakistan. He had anticipated and vowed to protect his locality.
When the mobs reached Mohini Road, he along with his fellow wrestlers stood at the forefront and hit them back. The mobs withdrew. He further escorted the Hindus safely to the border, managing their expenses and bid them adieu.
Ghulam received a monthly of 2000 rupees from an Indian Industrialist GD Birla and a meager pension from the Pakistan Government. The undefeated champion lost his last bout with his fate when he was 82 years old and left for heavenly abode on 23 May, 1960.