Kolkata: Snehashis Ganguly, brother of Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly, and Kolkata Mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Sunday took part in a 'yajna' and an all faith prayer to ward off any 'evil influence' on the cricket team and ensure its success at the World Cup. The two-and-half hour long 'yajna', performed by priests from Kalighat temple was held at New Alipore in southern part of the city on Sunday afternoon. "We believe in god.
Therefore we are here to pray for India's success at the World Cup in South Africa," Snehashis Ganguly, wearing a 'tilak' on his forehead, said. The rituals were followed by an all faith prayer by representatives from Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities. Mukherjee, who represented the Hindu community in the prayer, recited slokas from 'Brahmagayatri' and prayed for smooth progress of the team in successive rounds of the Cup.
The gathering also signed a 'message of good wish' for the squad and the captain. "The message, signed by Mukherjee and Snehashis, among others, would be sent to Saurav's residence. If India qualify for the super six stage, Snehashis will take it to South Africa and hand it over to Saurav," one of the organisers Arup Biswas said. "India is the best team and Saurav is the best captain in the world, but we believe some evil influences hindered our success recently. So this 'yajna' was performed to ward off such influences," the Trinamool Congress councillor said.