Giant crocodile enters Kerala temple, photos go viral

First Published 22, Oct 2020, 3:43 PM

A crocodile entered the premises of Sri Ananthapura temple in north Kerala's Kasargod district. The crocodile named Babiya is said to be 'vegetarian' and has been living in the temple's pond for years.

<p>Crocodile in a temple. It's not quite the everyday sight that one sees.</p>

<p>But this scene was witnessed at Sri Ananthapura temple in north Kerala's Kasaragod where a crocodile was spotted in its premises.</p>

Crocodile in a temple. It's not quite the everyday sight that one sees.

But this scene was witnessed at Sri Ananthapura temple in north Kerala's Kasaragod where a crocodile was spotted in its premises.

<p>The crocodile named Babiya had been living in the temple's pond for years.</p>

<p>Priests of the temple claim that this was Babiya's first entry into the temple.<br />
Photos of the crocodile inside the temple's premises went viral on social media.<br />
What was more surprising is that after spending some time in the temple premises it went back to the temple pond after reportedly chief priest Chandraprakash Nambisan asked it to do so.</p>

The crocodile named Babiya had been living in the temple's pond for years.

Priests of the temple claim that this was Babiya's first entry into the temple.
Photos of the crocodile inside the temple's premises went viral on social media.
What was more surprising is that after spending some time in the temple premises it went back to the temple pond after reportedly chief priest Chandraprakash Nambisan asked it to do so.

<p>No one in the temple knows how the reptile came to the temple pond.</p>

<p>It is said that Babiya has been living in the temple pond for over 70 years and has no history of wild behaviour.</p>

<p>It feeds only on temple prasad which is offered after the worship of the deity. It comes out out of the pond when the priest calls it.</p>

No one in the temple knows how the reptile came to the temple pond.

It is said that Babiya has been living in the temple pond for over 70 years and has no history of wild behaviour.

It feeds only on temple prasad which is offered after the worship of the deity. It comes out out of the pond when the priest calls it.

<p>Ananthapura Temple is built in the middle of a lake in the village of Ananthapura. Devotees believe that Babiya is the guardian appointed by God to safeguard the temple.</p>

Ananthapura Temple is built in the middle of a lake in the village of Ananthapura. Devotees believe that Babiya is the guardian appointed by God to safeguard the temple.