Mysuru: Sometimes love for pets can cross all bounds. Former minister and Mysuru KR Nagar JD(S) MLA Sa Ra Mahesh cut short his foreign trip and returned to India to bid farewell to his beloved pet monkey, Chintu, who was electrocuted in his farm in Mysuru.

Now the MLA has decided to construct a temple in remembrance of his pet Chintu and the work has reportedly begun.

The former minister is constructing a temple at the place where the monkey’s final rites were performed at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. The temple would be inaugurated next month.

According to a new daily, Mahesh said, “Chintu was like our family member and the temple is in his memory.”

Mahesh was on a trip to Singapore with his family and had to return to India on January 3. On hearing about the death of his beloved pet, he boarded a flight back to Bengaluru immediately and reached Mysuru to bid farewell to Chintu.

His son, Jayanth kept the carcass in a cold storage unit until his father’s arrival. Chintu was buried like humans after formal rituals on January 2.

Chintu used to accompany Mahesh and his family whenever they visited the farmhouse. Despite his busy schedule, Mahesh would visit his pet often.