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Amrita Island in USA

"Amrita", drink of immortality, appears in oldest Hinduism scripture Rig-Veda and in Hinduism's "churning of the ocean"

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There is “Amrita Island” in the Barnstable County of Massachusetts state of USA.

Thomas Baxendale (who made fortune in shoe business with his invention box-toe shoe) and his wife Esther Minerva reportedly purchased this island (in Squeteague Harbor in the village of Cataumet in the town of Bourne) in 1893, renowned for its ties to advocacy of animal welfare.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Chicago today, admiring the fascination of the West with Hindu names, urged it also to explore the rich philosophical thought which Hinduism offered.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that some formations in world famous Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona, USA) were named as Shiva Temple, Krishna Shrine, Vishnu Temple, Rama Shrine, Brahma Temple (7851 feet), and Hindu Amphitheater.

Moreover, Rajan Zed indicated that there was “Hindu Canyon” in the Hualapai Indian Reservation in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the southwestern Grand Canyon corridor, which is reportedly a sequence of beautiful chutes, cascades, unusual-scenic narrows and pools; and was said to be almost completely unspoilt.

Amrita Island Map, Wikimedia Commons
Amrita Island Map, Wikimedia Commons

There were “Narada Falls”, highly popular horsetail type waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park in Lewis County in the Washington state of USA named by Arthur F. Knight in 1893, where waterfall dropped 188 feet and it flew year around, Zed added.

“Amrita”, drink of immortality, appears in oldest Hinduism scripture Rig-Veda and in Hinduism’s “churning of the ocean”.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA. The major concentration is in cities like New York, New Jersey area, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.

Talking about Hinduism specifically in Chicago, According to a recent published article on NewsGram titled ‘Understanding Hinduism in United States:  “In Chicago, Hinduism was established by Swami Vivekanand (a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa) in 1883. Since then nearly 80,000 have settled in the Chicago. A major chunk of this immigrated population comprises of Indian doctors, professors and engineers. Most of them are concentrated in western and northern suburb regions.”

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Move over Baseball, it’s Cricket Time in Chicago

West Loop Cricket Association (WLCA), Chicago, provides an unbeatable platform to the hundreds of cricket fans in US

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Players representing as many as 20 diverse neighbourhoods from Chicago and suburbs, were joined by those who drove hundreds of miles to be part of this fun tournament.

By West Loop Cricket Association, Chicago

Two days. 18 teams. 25 games. One winner. Thats cricket in Chicago for you. Baseball.

Played in the sprawling University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Michelle Obama Athletic Complex, in the west loop neighbourhood of Chicago, the Super 8 Cricket Tournament is becoming a huge hit among the cricket crazy fans in Chicago and neighbouring cities like Ohio.

When four IT guys, originally from India (Harry, Shreenidhi, Vivek, Harsha), decided to start a cricket club in Chicago, little did they know, that what was started as a one time game, would take shape of a tournament, being played every year.

Since its inception in 2017, the number of participating teams in the Super 8 Cricket Tournament, has gone from 8 to 18. This time, according to the organisers, registrations had to be stopped in five days. Talk about supply exceeding the demand.

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Since its inception in 2017, the number of participating teams in the Super 8 Cricket Tournament, has gone from 8 to 18.

“Our initial goal was 16, then we moved to 18, but then we had to stop the registration, as the teams kept coming from different neighbourhoods, says Vivek Sarkar, Co-founder, WICA (West Loop Cricket Association). We also got requests from few non-Indians, which we will try to accommodate, next time.”

Sponsorship association with US Bank reflects the games’ huge popularity and increasing fan base, in the city known for it’s love for baseball (Chicago Cubs).

“It is an honor to sponsor the WLCA and this wonderful event! Thank you for allowing U.S. Bank to be a part of your cricket family. Cheers to your success”, says Susan Brown, Mortgage Loan Originator, US Bank.

For the players, it’s the undying love for the game of cricket that pulls them together. Players representing as many as 20 diverse neighbourhoods from Chicago and suburbs, were joined by those who drove hundreds of miles to be part of this fun tournament. Every year this tournament brings in new experince, new motivation.

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“Basically for love of the game, we like organising and managing things, want to stay connected in this way, and spread this game around. Chicago is a very diverse city, many people often ask us about cricket, which makes us so happy. I would love to make this the best cricket league in Chicago”, says Kunal, Member, Core Organising Team.

For a few teams, even names are typical Indian (Chennai Super Kings, Hyderabad Nawab, Hyderabad Blues).

If you want to get in touch and participate in the next year’s tournament, the core organising team includes Kunal, Niranjan, Sunil, Saurabh, Vijay, Yogesh and Rahul.

This year GloryHunters took the champions trophy while defending champions Chicago Centaurs were the runners up.