April 16, 2011

Indian Premier League

No Vaastu woes for the Chargers

Akhila Ranganna

Deccan Chargers' victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad on Friday was more than just a win for the home team. Not only was it Deccan's first victory at home – they were on a 10-match losing streak in Hyderabad leading up to Friday’s game – it also helped in convincing the franchise owners that the venue was not jinxed for the home team. The team’s poor run of form at home was beginning to lead its management to believe that some Vaastu problem was responsible for their ill-luck. Vaastu Shaastra is an ancient Indian science of architecture and buildings which aims to harness the benefits of nature, its elements and energy fields within homes or workplaces for enhanced wealth, health, prosperity and happiness.

“After their loss against Rajasthan Royals [on April 9], there was a suggestion to drain the water in the swimming pool,” a Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) member told the Hindustan Times, “and fill it with sand since the pool is located in the south-west direction and a water body there is considered inauspicious.” Incidentally Deccan had conducted a hawan [sacred purifying ritual involving a fire ceremony] after the first IPL season in 2008 after the team lost all seven home games. “Had they not won now, we could have ended up spending a few lakhs on making a few changes in line with Vaastu Shaastra. Now we are saved of the expenditure,” the HCA official added.

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