Kushti is an ancient form of wrestling popular in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Kushti is not just a sport and an art, it is an ancient subculture. Wrestlers live and train together and have strict rules. Akhara are the sites where the wrestlers train and practice their wrestling in the mud arenas called Kushti. Nowadays there are not so many people practicing kushti in the traditional way, i.e. directly on mud floors.
Most Akharas are associated with a guru, called Palawan. This venerated teacher is considered a holy man and trains the wrestlers.