Cricket: Reason for India’s wild success in matches in Hyderabad? A Ganesha temple

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It is common for someone to seek the blessings of the almighty when things aren’t going good. But is it believable that the upturn of events for team India in Hyderabad is a Ganesha temple? Yes you heard it right!

The visit of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal (Hyderabad) isn’t just another ground but a pilgrimage as you are greeted by a temple for Lord Ganesha. It is known to have been constructed in the year 2011 when both team India and IPL franchise Deccan Chargers were not winning any match in this ground.

Following the arrival of Lord Ganesha to the cricket stadium, luck has shone bright on the home side. The first Test at this venue was in 2010 against New Zealand which ended in a draw after which the temple came up. The hosts registered emphatic victories in the next three games here.

This trend of winning doesn’t look like being broken anytime soon as India sit comfortably in the driver’s seat vs Windies in the ongoing test match.

Asked on how the temple came up at the venue, priest Hanumanth Sharma claimed that it was built in 2011 as “neither the Indian team nor the now-defunct IPL franchise Deccan Chargers was winning any match at this ground.” “It was proving to be inauspicious for the home team. Then it was found out that there was ‘Vaastu Dosham’ (problem in the building design, as per ancient Hindu architectural system),” he said. “Lord Ganesha is the God of Vaastu Shastra. You can check the records and after 2011, the Indian team never lost here,” Hanumanth said.

Hemanth also grinned while admitting that MS Dhoni always came up to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha after each practice session.

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