To keep rains away, HPCA officials pray to Snake God
Written by Vishal Menon
| Dharamsala |

Published: March 11, 2020 8:55:19 am

A view of the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala earlier than India’s scheduled T20I in opposition to South Africa on September 15, 2019. (Source: PTI Photo)

“Pahado ka koi bharosa nahi…yahaan kabhi baarish hain toh kabhi dhoop. (In the mountains the weather can be very fickle. It can suddenly rain and then there can be sunshine).” Inder Thakur, a cab driver in Mcleodganj, sums up the inherent climate sample of the mountains.

Like most locals, Thakur is deeply superstitious and loves his cricket. He is retaining his fingers crossed that the rains don’t play a spoilsport within the upcoming India-South Africa ODI in Dharamsala. He continues to be irritated that the final worldwide match right here — by the way a T20I between India and South Africa — was rained out in September final yr.

“Do you know why that match was abandoned?” he asks. The motive, he admits, is as a result of the HPCA officials didn’t provide prayers on the Indru Nag Temple earlier than that match. This temple will get its title from the Snake (Nag) king, and is situated on a plateau that’s now been transformed right into a paragliding website. Indru Nag is a neighborhood deity with a cult-like following on this neck of the woods. It is extensively believed that if an individual has the blessings of this deity, his needs will get fulfilled.

Refusing to take any possibilities with the climate this time round, HPCA officials supplied their prayers right here final week. “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 informed The Indian Express.

There’s one other fascinating anecdote hooked up to this custom, which is now part of native folklore. Just days earlier than the primary worldwide match was to be performed at this venue — India vs England ODI in 2013 — the state affiliation officials rushed to their native deity. They have been rewarded with a full match with out interruptions. But it’s believed that barring the periphery of the stadium premises, there was a heavy downpour that washed out Dharamsala and elements of Dharamkot and Mcleodganj, locals say.

HPCA officials have a motive to be apprehensive as a result of such erratic climate patterns are more and more proving to be a headache for the BCCI of their frenetic bid to schedule matches in a shrinking worldwide window. But like Inder, the remainder of the individuals at this mountainous venue will now imagine that the climate gods is not going to scupper their plans on Thursday.

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