10 Oct 2022

Kerala temple's vegetarian crocodile that ate only Prasadam dies

Kasaragod (Kerala):
The world's only vegetarian crocodile died in Kerala. For 70 years this crocodile was living in the lake of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Kasaragod district. He used to guard the temple premises by staying in the Anantapura lake. The priests took out the last journey of the crocodile according to Hindu rituals and buried it near the premises.

Used to eat the rice-jaggery prasadam: The crocodile was affectionately called Babiya. He used to eat the rice-jaggery prasadam offered in the temple. Babiya was missing since Saturday. His body was found floating in the lake around 11.30 pm on Sunday. 

People gathered to see the crocodile: Many politicians and hundreds of people reached to see the crocodile for the last time. When the crowd started increasing, the body was removed from the lake and kept in the open space.

Union Minister of State arrived to have the last glimpse: Union Minister of State Shobha Karandlaje also reached to see Babiya. Paying tribute, she said that the crocodile lived in the temple for 70 years. May God give him salvation.

BJP state president K Surendran said that lakhs of devotees visited the crocodile. Heartfelt tribute to Babiya.

Did not eat fish in lake: the priests claim that the crocodile was completely vegetarian and did not eat fish or other creatures in the lake. Babiya lived in a cave. He used to leave the cave twice a day to visit the temple and go inside after a short walk.

Never harmed anyone: The crocodile used to eat only the prasad offered in the temple. He loved cooked rice and jaggery. Many people used to come to the temple to see Babiya and feed him rice with their own hands. People claim that the crocodile never harmed anyone.

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