The Vegetarian Crocodile

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The title in itself seems unbelievable.  “The Vegetarian Crocodile” , you must  be having these kind of thoughts;”are you kidding me “, “this is impossible”, “I can’t believe it”.  Believe me, I had the same thoughts like this when I heard of it first. The most shocking thing is that it is really true.

There is a temple named as Ananthapura Lake Temple  which is a Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake in the little village of Ananthapura, Kasaragod District of Kerala, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ananthapadmanabha swamy (Lord Vishnu).

The temple is guarded by a crocodile who is considered to be a vegetarian. Babia, the crocodile is said to be the local guardian and a messenger of the temple. It is said that Babia has been living in the pond for the past 60 or more years and lives in a nearby cave. After the worship, the feed offered by devotees is given to Babia at noon. The meal is a kind of gruel made of rice and jaggery. Babia does not eat anything else and eats what is offered by the temple officials.

The crocodile does not harm anyone, not even the fish in the lake and it guards the entrance and the shrine. The legend goes that there is only one crocodile in the lake at a time. When one crocodile dies, another one appears in the lake, which nobody knows how it happens and is still a mystery.

If you still don’t believe me you can check the official site “ananthapuratemple.com“.You can get much more information and related videos on their official site. I am still overwhelmed with this information, and I couldn’t stop myself to share it with you all.



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