Jyoti Raj

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Jyoti Raj is an Indian free solo climber from Chitradurga, Karnataka.[1]

Jyoti Raj
Other namesKothi Raj, Monkey man
Known forScaling walls

Known as "Kothi Raju" or "Monkey King", Raj is famous for scaling the Chitradurga Fort without safety harnesses.[2] He does not climb for sports, but to entertain the visitors to the fort.[3][4][5][6]

He is also the only person to have scaled Karnataka's highest waterfall, the 830-foot Jog falls, climbing against the flow.[7] On 13 September 2013, he free soloed the clock tower at Moorusavir Math in Hubli in just over 15 minutes. He did not use any harness, but used chalk for grip.[8]

He made his debut as an actor in Sandalwood with the 2014 film Jyothi aliyas Kothiraja.[9]

He has been called upon numerous times to rescue or retrieve the bodies of people who have fallen down Jog Falls, and on a rescue operation in 2018 he got stuck in a gorge overnight. [10][irrelevant citation]


  1. ^ "Meet the Indian rival of spidey". India Today. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Monkey man of India is a climbing ace". The Daily Telegraph. 14 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Meet India's own Spiderman". Rediff. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  4. ^ ""Monkey King" Entertains Visitors at a Fort in southern India". NDTV. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  5. ^ "'Monkey King' is a cynosure of all eyes at Chitradurga Fort". Khabra Express. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  6. ^ "இந்தியாவின் ஸ்பைடர் மேன் நான்தான்: மார்தட்டி சொல்லும் தமிழக இளைஞர்". Nakkeeran (in Tamil). 2 August 2009. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Jyothi Raj scales Jog Falls, hurt but unshaken". Sports Keeda. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  8. ^ Scaling clock tower with bare hands
  9. ^ Debut as an actor
  10. ^ Vidvat story cooked up by police: Mohammed Haris Nalapad's lawyer

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