South African spinner Keshav Maharaj, known for entering the cricket field to the devotional tune of 'Ram Siya Ram,' extended his best wishes for the consecration ceremony at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Maharaj, whose roots trace back to Uttar Pradesh, the location of Ayodhya, expressed hope that the ceremony brings peace, harmony, and spiritual enlightenment to humanity.
In a video shared on his social media pages, the 33-year-old cricketer praised the 'pran pratishtha' ceremony led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Maharaj conveyed his best wishes to Mahesh Kumar, Consul General of India in Johannesburg, and the entire Indian community in South Africa for the inauguration of the Ram Mandir.
Maharaj, in a recent interview with PTI, emphasized his devotion to Lord Ram. During cricket games in South Africa, he enters the field to the tune of 'Ram Siya Ram, Jai Jai Ram,' a practice that helps him get into the zone. The spinner expressed the importance of respecting religion and culture, describing the feeling of hearing 'Ram Siya Ram' in the background as a nice and respectful experience.
The consecration of the new Ram Lalla idol at the Ayodhya temple was a widely watched event, with millions tuning in from their homes and temples across India.
(With Agency Inputs)