Snake God offered prayer to keep rains away during India-South Africa ODI
With three three-match ODI series opener between hosts India and visiting South Africa set to take place at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala on Thursday (March 12), rain could play a spoilsport.
According to the Dharamshala weather forecast, it is going to rain in the city, and thus there is a strong possibility of a shortened or even no game.
Even from Wednesday (March 11) onwards, the weather is expected to turn wet.
Weather forecast suggests that Dharamsala will see early morning rain from Thursday morning, and it is likely to be cloudy in the afternoon as well, with the first day-night encounter expected to kickstart from 1.30 IST.
At around 5 PM, the weather is likely to start hinting of rains, and there is even prediction of thunderstorms as well.
The HPCA officials, however, are trying their level best to keep the rains away. And for that, they have already offered prayers last week at the Indru Nag Temple, gets its name from the Snake (Nag) king, and is located on a plateau that’s now been converted into a paragliding site.
Indru Nag is a local deity with a cult-like following in this neck of the woods. It is widely believed that if a person has the blessings of this deity, his wishes will get fulfilled.
“Yes, some of our officials have offered players at the Indru Nag Temple last week. Since the last match in Dharamsala was abandoned because of heavy rain, we didn’t want to take a chance now,” HPCA secretary Sumit Sharma was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
The last international match in Dharamsala, a T20I fixture between India and South Africa, was rained out in September last year. It is widely believed that the match got abandoned because the HPCA officials did not offer prayers at the Indru Nag Temple before that match.