Hundreds of people attended the tearful funeral of a sacred crocodile who survived decades on a vegetarian diet at a Hindu temple in India.
The funeral was held on Monday.
Bhabia is a highly revered Sri in southern Kerala who built the Swami Temple in Ananta Padmanabha, where he has been lurking in the surrounding lakes for nearly 80 years, said the secretary of the temple, Mr. Ramachandrambat. said.
The revered reptile was found dead in the lake early Monday morning after reportedly going without food for days.
The Kasaragod temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, dates back 3,000 years and has been guarded for centuries by a single “sacred” crocodile, Burt told AFP. “The last sacred crocodile was shot by the British in 1940, after which Bavia appeared in the lake,” Bart said.
“I don’t know where it came from, but the lake leads to the cavern below,” Burt said.
Bavia was considered sacred because it was believed that she would never attack other animals or humans.
Many believed they survived on the ‘prasadam’, the sacred portion of rice and jaggery blessed and consecrated by the monks of the temple, but Burt agrees with the claim ‘because there are fish in the lake’. I said not.
The scaly corpse was decorated with flowers and blessed before being carried through a crowd of mourners on a bed of palm leaves and buried within the temple grounds. India’s Minister of Agriculture and Agricultural Welfare Shobha Kalandraye reaffirms there is a meat-free diet, tweeting that ‘God’s own crocodile’ has achieved salvation