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Maharashtra Kesari (Kesari is Sanskrit for "Lion") is an Indian-style wrestling championship, established in 1961 in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Cash prize was awarded to the winner since the start. But since 1982, initiated by wrestler Mamasaheb Mohol, the winner was permanently awarded with a silver mace weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb). As of 2008 the winner received a silver mace and a cash prize of ₹51,000 (US$760). In addition, Government of Maharashtra also provided honorary sum amount to the title holders above age 50. Until 2012, to be eligible for this amount, the title holder's annual income had to be less than₹40,000 (US$590). In 2015, the cash prize was raised to ₹1 lakh (US$1,500).
The winners are also eligible to apply for government jobs under sports quota.
Narsing Yadav holds the record of winning the title three times onsecutively from 2011 to 2013 and in 2016 Vijay chaudhary tie the record of narsing yadav Vijay also won three times consecutively from 2014 to 2016 whereas Ganpat Khedkar, Chamba Mutnaal, Laxman Wadar, Dadu Chougule and Chandrahar Patil have won the title twice. After winning his second title in 2008, Chandrahar Patil also competed in the 2009 championship whereas previous double title holders had not competed the third time. Yuvaraj Patil hold the record of being the youngest winner at the age of 17.Key
Maharashtra Kesari Wikipedia