Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj has Indian roots. Maharaj is known for his devotion to Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman.

The spinner has recently revealed his wish to visit the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Maharaja also posted a video on his social media account on the day of the Ram Mandir inauguration in Ayodhya on January 22.

The South Africa spinner expressed his anticipation of visiting the Ram Mandir in a recent interview. He also suggested that the Lucknow franchise, where he currently captains the sister team Durban’s Super Giants in SA 20, might assist in organizing a family trip. 

Though Maharaj couldn’t attend the temple’s inauguration due to scheduling constraints, he is optimistic about a future visit.

“Fingers crossed. Maybe in the future, we can arrange for that. Maybe the Lucknow franchise can help. My family has always wanted to go on a pilgrimage to India. So maybe it will be a nice family trip to Ayodhya,” said Maharaj during the interview.

Whenever, Maharaj enters the ground, he enters with the song ‘Ram Siya Ram’being played in the background. The South African spinner explained that this choice is a manifestation of his strong devotion to Lord Ram. He views it as a way of expressing gratitude for the blessings in his life and a means to focus on the field.

“My faith in God is very strong. I always believe that God has given me perspective and guidance and put me in a situation where I am today. I am always grateful and I give thanks to God. I am an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman and Lord Ram. So it’s the least I can do to say thank you and get me in my zone and make me focused through hearing ‘Ram Siya Ram’ play in the background.

So I sent the request through to the DJ, and I am very fortunate that he could play the song for me when I entered,” Maharaj added.

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