When Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly Disguised Himself As A Sikh To Attend Durga Puja

There’s nothing more important to be Bengali than Pujo time and well, also fish and our Sourav ‘Dada’ is no exception to this. 


Sourav Ganguly got candid about his love for Pujo celebrations in his upcoming book ‘A Century is Not Enough’ and spoke about the time he had to change his avatar completely in order to attend the Pujo like everyone else. The 45-year-old mentioned about his love for cricket and Pujo and how he would do anything in the world to make sure he gives his hundred percent to both.


The Prince of Kolkata had to once dress up as a ‘Sardarji’ so that he could avoid the crowd and enjoy Pujo without being surrounded by people dying to get a glimpse of the man who was then the Captain of team India.


I am so hooked to the Pujas that I make it a point to always accompany the deity on her final ride. In Bengali, there is a semi-tragic word for it – bisharjon. This is when the deity is immersed in the Ganga. The scene is amazing – the energy is sky-high, the crowds full of joy and sorrow at seeing Durga Ma going away, it’s truly memorable. The area around the river is so crowded that once, during my Indian captaincy days, I decided to go disguised as one of Harbhajan’s tribe. Yes, disguised as a sardarji,” Ganguly wrote.

Not like Sourav was not worried about things going out of control and his fear was justified. Imagine the crowd going crazy when they would know that the Prince himself is a part of the celebration.

“Now I could have been mobbed big time. The situation could have gone out of control. But the thrill of accompanying the para boys and family members on the truck carrying the deity was just too irresistible.”


Turning Sourav into a ‘Sardarji’ was not easy and his wife Dona had to hire a make-up artist to get this task done. He was mocked by his cousins and they told him he would get recognized and well, that did happen.

I was not allowed on the truck by the police and had to follow it in our car with my daughter, Sana. As the car reached the Babughat area the police inspector peered in through the window, looked closely at me and smiled gently in recognition. I was embarrassed but asked him to keep my secret. The escapade was worth it. The immersion scene around the river is just indescribable. You have to see it to understand it. Durga Maa, after all, comes only once a year,” said a thrilled Ganguly who shared this little secret in his upcoming book.

What do you think of Sourav’s ‘Sardarji’ look? Share your love for the Prince of Kolkata in the comment section!

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