The Little Master to be immortalised.
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is to be immortalised in a temple in Bihar state.
The shrine to the Little Master is being built by Manoj Tiwary, a local film star, and will be opened to the public early next year.
“I decided to build the temple in my village soon after India won the World Cup cricket in 2011”, Tiwary, who hopes Tendulkar will inaugurate the temple when it is ready, told the BBC.
“The temple will provide an opportunity to the lovers of cricket from around the world to pay their respects to these cricketers who are nothing short of gods in India.”
Tendulkar, 40, retired from international cricket following India’s victory over West Indies in Mumbai last week, his 200th Test match which came a staggering 24 years after his Test debut against Pakistan in 1989.
Cricket is by far the most popular sport in India and Tendulkar is regarded by many in the country as the god of cricket.
The batsman played in 664 international matches, scoring 34,357 runs and making 100 centuries. He scored almost 2,500 more Test runs than the second-placed batsman, Australia’s Ricky Ponting.
The 6000 square foot temple will cost around £70,000 and contain idols of other cricket stars such as Indian captain MS Dhoni and star batsman Yuvraj Singh.