A cricket tournament having a Sanskrit touch in Varanasi
Understudies from various Sanskrit-medium schools crosswise over Varanasi spending their ordinary days learning Vedic sacred writings exhibited their cricketing aptitudes in a competition having a bit of antiquated Indian conventions on Tuesday.
The youngsters have played in dhoti and kurta, while bowling and batting they did not look in discomfort. Each of every student had trip und (three lines of ‘shivling’) on their forehead while they were playing.
Indeed, even the umpires were seen wearing the customary clothing and directing the match.
The tournoment is being composed by Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vidyalaya on the event of its 75th establishing year.
The primary feature of this unique cricket tournament is that commentary which is done in the Sanskrit language which is the uncommon event in the present occasions.
A sizeable crowd which had accumulated to watch the tournament were left awestruck as the youngsters in dhoti and kurta kept running between them barefooted, combined with the echoes of the Sanskrit commentary through a loudspeaker.
A teacher of a Sanskrit-medium school in the city (Ganesh Dutt Shastri), said that the tournament is being held to motivate the students to take up sports to carve out a better future for themselves.
All Sanskrit Mahavidyalayas across Varanasi are participating in the tournament, this tournament is a 10-over format, five teams are playing. All the students are wearing an Indian traditional dress (dhoti and kurta). To make the tournament more special, the commentary which is done in the Sanskrit language by two persons — Shresht Narayan Mishra and Dr. Vikas Dixit.
With similar sentiments, Acharya Pawan Kumar Shastri of Shastrath Mahavidyalaya clarified that this cricket tournament itself is unique in its approach.
“It is a proud moment for us that this tournament is known as Sanskrit Cricket League. While on other days, the boys are studying Vedas and having pens in their hand, today they are having bat and ball in their hands,” he told.
Furthermore, he highlighted that a cricket tournament having a touch of ancient Indian traditions has not happened anywhere in our country.