Chennai, March 6: A local cricket enthusiast has built a Cricket Ganesha temple here to allow other fans of the game to pray to the god for an Indian victory against the West Indies in the ongoing cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
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India and West Indies are meeting in a crucial Pool B tie at the WACA Ground in Perth on Friday. While the defending champions have 6 points in 3 matches, the Caribbeans have 4 points from 4 matches with two losses, against minnows Ireland and favourites South Africa.
The Sri Palayathamman Cricket Ganesha Temple is located at Anna Nagar East area of Chennai and has idols of Lord Ganesha in various cricketing avatars. A special puja took place on Thursday, on the eve of the high-voltage game.
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One of the star attractions of the temple is a 11-headed Ganesha named Amman who symbolises the 11 players donning the India jersey Down Under. On either side of the main idol are five other Ganesha with trunks showing either the left or the right, representing the playing style of the Indian players.
Ramakrishnan, the founder of the temple, also composed cricket bhajans which he recites during the puja.