‘Vegetarian crocodile’ at Kasaragod temple dies, public gather to pay homage

Babiya's carcass kept for public homage I Photo: Ramanath Pai/ Mathrubhumi, Facebook

Kasaragod: Crocodile Babiya, which was known as Kerala's ‘vegetarian crocodile’ at Shri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Kumbla here died on Sunday at around 10.30 pm. The crocodile was revered as the guardian of the late at Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple.

Babiya’s carcass was kept for a public homage near the temple. It will be cremated in the temple compound. The temple doors were closed as a mark of respect to the crocodile. The temple will reopen by Monday noon.

It is reported that Babiya had only eaten vegetarian food served from the temple. Babiya used to emerge quickly from the lake whenever the priest called it for food.

Babiya reached the lake after a British soldier killed the only crocodile that lived in the lake in 1945. Later, Babiya became the favourite of the locals here.

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