Karkala: Ravi Shastri Visits Karvalu – Pays Obeisance to Family Deities

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Daijiworld Media Network – Karkala (SP)

Karkala, Dec  7: Former member of Indian cricket team and renowned cricket commentator, Ravi Shastri, visited Lord Mahavishnumurty Temple and Nagabana in Karvalu near here on Tuesday December 6 and offered special puja.

Shastri was in Ahmedabad till late night on Monday and had functioned as commentator for the one-dayer against West Indies. He came to Mumbai on Tuesday morning by a flight, and then to Mangalore.

Shastri’s ancestors belonged to Karvalu, and the above deities are the ones they reposed faith in, and used to worship as family deities. He had visited the place five years ago along with his wife, and offered special puja to the serpent god. The couple, which had remained without any issue for long, got it’s daughter, Alaika, thereafter. Since then, he has been visiting the place annually and performing puja here. This happened to be his fifth visit in succession.

Ravi Shastri came to the village in the company of Dr Santoshkumar Shastri and Kavita S Shastri from Mangalore. He offered pujas to Lord Ganapati, Durgaparameshwari, serpent god and Lord Mahavishnumurty on the occasion.

Shastri has made donations to Bailoor School and Karvalu temple. During his visit, Ravi Shastri was honoured by K Somashekhar Rao and temple trust president, G Chandrashekhar Hegde, on behalf of the temple. Expressing gratefulness for the honour, Shastri said he has over a period of time, built an emotional bond with the place which used to be the native place of his ancestors. “I have special place in my heart for this village and the temple. After I started visiting this place, a number of changes have happened within me and in my life. I am grateful to the temple for bringing these changes,” he added.

During his visit, the cricketer felicitated Pramod Kumar, police sub-inspector of Karkala, who has succeeded in cracking a number of theft cases within a short period, and Jappu Chidananda Naik and Asha Naik couple, who have been sponsoring cricket events in Qatar. The programme was compered by Manohar Prasad, Mangalore bureau chief of ‘Udayavani’ Kannada daily. Vice-president of ‘Udayavani’, Anand K and H Yuvaraj Naik were present at the dais. A number of local dignitaries were also present.

Ravi Shastri stayed at Manipal on Tuesday night. He is scheduled to visit Shirur Mutt today, before proceeding to Indore via Mumbai.


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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Sat, Dec 10 2011

    Ravi is a born leader. Played well. Led in style. Tremendous reader of the game. Best wishes for further laurels.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Thu, Dec 8 2011

    Dear Ravi Shastri, we are proud of you and achievement in the cricket world. We appreciate your love for your Family Deities and your visit to Karvalu in spite of your busy schedules. Everybody in that place must have been happy and proud of your visit. I could guess from the pictures with so many people and dignitories, priests. Good luck Ravi in all your future assignments.

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  • Aryan, Mlr

    Thu, Dec 8 2011

    Dear Raviji...worship the creator not the creation.

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  • Anand, Karkala/Dubai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Thank you so much Daiji for the coverage, this is my birthplace and my Guru's who have laid the foundation for my education are Mr. Yuvaraj Naik and Mr. Vishnumurthy Bhat, looking at them today is a great feeling and Mr. Manohar Prasad and some of my friends are seen sitting with the audience. Felt like visited the Temple and may God bless all.
    The great Ravi Shastri we all are proud of you and nobody comments like you in the history of cricket.

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  • santosh shetty, Mangalore/ mumbai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    This should be a precedence for other celebrities with the origin from south kanara region.The power of the place brings him here often. All the best ravi shastri for a succesful life ahead.

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  • John Prakash Rego, Belvai/Dubai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Ravi is a real Jewel of India may be one of the best comentator in cricket we ever saw. His sucess story and name is a real Motivation for all mmanagloeans to do well in life. Wish you all the best.

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  • Omkara Nayak, Bailur/Dubai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    What a dedication & belief. May God's Blessings be showered on you.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Some people forget their mother tongue,place,culture. It happened in Ravi Shastri's case too till he realized that he should visit his home temple/naga bana. Once he prayed here, Shastri was gifted with baby girl and he thanked GOD by visiting his home temple every year. It happens in everyones life. "Saankata Bandaaga Venkata Ramana" ! I was not Ravi Shastri's fan when he was batting.He was the man who took 62 balls for scoring 10 runs in World Cup against Australia..Same Shastri,hit 6 sixes in an over in Ranaji match. But I like him as cricket commentator. Whatever be the case..his contribution to cricket is FANTASTIC. Good Luck Sir.

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  • Vinson Vaz, Kadri, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Its good to see Ravi Shastri visit Mangalore, yet once again and my good old friends Manoharanna and Ashok Shet.

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  • Dr Kusuma K , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Thank you Shashthri for visiting our village temple May God bless you God will always help a nice man like Shashthtri May god give you the best in life!!!!

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  • prashan, Mlore/Dubai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Great to see Ravi Shastri in South Canara.May Naga devatha bless him & his in his life.

    I am just curious to know the mentality of pepole who dislike the good comments. May nagadevatha bless this pepole with good health...get well soon guys.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Great personality following a great tradition!

    Normally, people tend to forget the roots after scaling new heights in life. Hats off to you Mr.Ravi.

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  • M.Bhat, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    i fully endorse the views of Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai.

    Ravi Shastri was one of my favourite cricketer as well as commentator. Its nice to see him find solace and peace by visiting his ancestrol village and perform the pooja of Nag Devata. God bless you Shastriji.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Entire South Canara region is belongs to Nag Devta if you believe in history of our region. Nag Devta is one such God which has to worship where your ancestors based at. If you don’t know where your base is, then you may offer prayer at Subramanya too. I have even heard that non-Hindus perform Nag Devta Prayer in their own Religious Tradition too. And same principle is applicable to our life too, i.e. if you do nothing in your native place even though you are popular elsewhere you are nowhere

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Ravi Shastry was a great all rounder. He started his career as a spinner and later started batting as well. He won many matches for India. Unfortunately, he slowed down during the fag end of his career. However, he is now sought after commentator.

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  • Alban D Souza, Udyavara Mumbai Doha Qatar

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Ravi Shastri, one of tyhe expert commentator and ex-member of team India, made India and Mangaloreans proud. great cricketers' faith in cricket gave results. His faith in God also is tremendous and can be noted. We wish you all the best in your cricekt career.

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  • Dr S Kamath , Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 7 2011

    Urige Arasanadaru Tayige maga .We are Proud of dear Ravi Shastri .God bless you for a more Brighter Carrier as expert Cricket Commentator and You be centiry not out in Life Span too

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