Sachin, Harbhajan offer prayers at Kali temple

Kolkata: Mumbai Indians` Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh on Sunday offered prayers at the city`s famous shrine, Dakshineswar Kali temple, before leaving for Bangalore.

"The duo came around 8.30 am and were taken inside through the VIP gate. They were there for about 15 minutes," a temple source said.

This was Tendulkar`s first visit to the city after scoring his historical 100th international century during the Asia Cup in March.

The senior India batsman always makes it a point to offer puja whenever he comes to the city.

In his last visit to Kolkata during the India vs West Indies second Test in November 2011, he had to return disappointed from the Kalighat temple.

As the news spread like wildfire, a large number of fans had surrounded his car in front of the temple and he could not alight to offer prayers.

This time, however, it was done in a hush-hush manner as nobody had a clue about the visit.

Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore tomorrow in an IPL match.

Tendulkar, earlier on Saturday, was felicitated jointly by the state government and hosts Cricket Association of Bengal before the Mumbai Indians match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.