Mangalore: Jyotiraj's Scaling Skill at Chitradurga - The Height of it !
by Mahesh Nayak Bovikan
Pics Rohit S Rao
This young man’s real name is Jyotiraj. But people call him Kotiraja (Monkeyman).
This is because of his amazing ability of rock-climbing which he does with the agility of a monkey. He works as a mason in Chitradurga, the well-known historic town of Karnataka.
He is a familiar sight at the legendary Chitradurga fort, where he is often seen practising his skill on the fort ramparts. It is a treat for visitors to see him do all sorts of mind-boggling stunts fearlessly.
He prefers to climb with his bare hands as he feels using a safety rope is not being brave enough.
The daring young man’s ambition is to create a Guinness record. During our recent visit there, friend Rohit S Rao captured the action blow by blow.
The adventure men
Mahesh Nayak Bovikan taking an interview from Jyotiraj
(Mahesh Nayak is one of the most creative copywriters in the district and also executive editor of 'Mangalore Today' English monthly. Rohit Rao is an entrepreneur and a keen hobby photographer. - Editor)