Jan 20, 2007
By IANS, Nagpur, Jan 20 – India captain Rahul Dravid attended a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – function here Saturday while Sachin Tendulkar visited a famous temple, a day before the first one-day international against the West Indies.
Dravid, whose wife Vijeta comes from Nagpur, delighted a gathering of about 1,500 young boys and girls by his presence at the dais at a playground in the Ram Nagar locality. The occasion was a collective Surya Namaskar, a 10-stage salute to the Sun God and a good yoga exercise.
Styled as Surya Namaskar Mahayagya, the drill was a part of the late RSS chief M.S. Golwalkar birth centenary celebrations being held all over the country.
In his brief speech, Dravid told the gathering that he used to do the exercise regularly in his school days and would like to resume it right away, 'may be from tomorrow itself!'
Veteran sportspersons in the locality were also felicitated by Dravid in the presence of ace mountaineer Vimla Negi Deuskar.
The function was simultaneously held at four other places in the city, which is also the headquarters of the RSS, Dr. Dilip Gupta its Nagpur unit chief told IANS.
While Dravid was attending the RSS function, former captain Tendulkar was visiting the famous Tekdi Ganesh temple for prayers.
Dressed in a yellow T-shirt and shorts, he arrived in a red car with one of his friends, and prayed and kneeled before the God while many devotees inside the temple looked on excitedly.