Religious side of Indian cricketers
Cricket is a religion and cricketers are treated no lesser than demigods. But the Indian cricketers are as god-fearing as you all are. Take a look.
In India, cricket is a religion and cricketers are treated no lesser than demigods. But the Indian cricketers are as god-fearing as you all are. Take a look.
Once done with the IPL, MS Dhoni made sure he took out time to worship and thank the almighty for the World Cup win. The Indian captain paid his homage at Goddess Deori temple in Tamar, a place he visits often to offer his prayers.
Sachin Tendulkar is known to be a true devotee and a regular visitor at the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai. In 2009, Sachin did a two-day <i>"sarpa santharpane puja"</i> at the Kukke Subrahmanya temple in Dakshina Kannada.
Always spotted with a 'teeka', Sreesanth is one cricketer who does not shy away from flaunting his religious side. Last week, Sreesanth was seen prostrating and rolling (Sayana Pradakshinam) before God in the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
Before heading for the West Indies tour as the captain of the ODI side, Suresh Raina visited the Saibaba Temple in Shirdi along with Union Minister Praful Patel's daughter Poorna Patel to pay obeisance. He had visited the temple earlier after the World Cup win.
Indian pacer Zaheer Khan visited the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer last month.
Before the ODI series against New Zealand in November last year, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina visited the famous Kamakhya temple atop the Neelachal hills in Guwahati and performed puja in traditional manner. Sreesanth was also with them.
India's mainstay batsman VVS Laxman visited the Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara temple with his family in March this year.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is known to be a devout follower of Goddess Kali. Being a Bengali, Dada makes sure he visits the Puja Pandals during the Dussehra.
Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad also visited the Ajmer Dargah.
Yuvraj Singh and his mother Shabnam with their Guru Ram Singh in Fatehgarh Sahib. Yuvraj had credited his success in the World Cup to his Guru. (PTI Photo)
Suresh Raina was one of the least played cricketers of India's World Cup campaign, but when he got a chance, he made it count. Just two days after the World Cup final, the batsman was seen offering prayers at the holy shrine of Shirdi.
Harbhajan Singh offered prayers at a Gurudwara in Mohali after the World Cup win. (PTI Photo)