South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has expressed a strong desire for him and his family to visit the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He even urged the Lucknow Super Giants franchise, the sister franchise of the Durban Super Giants, to assist him with the trip to the sacred place of Ayodhya.
A week ago, the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of Lord Ram was held in Ayodhya. On account of that auspicious day, Keshav Maharaj had sent a congratulatory message to all the Hindus in South Africa.
Maharaj, who is a Hindu by religion and a staunch follower of Shree Ram, has been leading the Durban Super Giants in the ongoing SA20 2024 season – his team is at the top of the points table and is the first team to qualify for the playoffs.
Speaking with Sports Tak recently, Keshav Maharaj said he strongly wishes to take his family to Ayodhya soon.
“Unfortunately, the schedule didn’t allow me to visit during the inauguration of the temple. But in the future, I would definitely love to go and see the temple in Ayodhya,” Maharaj said on SportsTak.
“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 go across to Ayodhya.”
Keshav Maharaj reveals why he asks the ground DJ to play Ram Siya Ram song on his entrance
Since the World Cup 2023 in India, almost always whenever Maharaj comes out to bat – be it in any format of the game – the ground DJ plays the ‘Ram Siya Ram‘ song. He revealed that this is his way of thanking god and expressing gratitude.
“My faith in god is very staunch. I always believe that god has given me perspective and guidance and put me in situation where I am today. I am always grateful and give thanks. I am a staunch 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,” the 33-year-old left-arm spinner added.