Posted on: October 22, 2021 Posted by: admin Comments: 0


The Sri Ananthapura temple in Kasaragod district, northern Kerala state (India), is said to be inhabited by Babiya, a vegetarian crocodile who has lived here for more than 70 years.

According to Oddity Central (UK), last year, the image of a giant crocodile crawling in the Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Lake temple appeared on many international newspapers, making this Hindu temple an attractive destination. traveler.

But in fact, this is one of the few times the giant reptile crawled inside the temple, as it spends most of its time living in a nearby pond. Every day, Babiya waits for the monks to bring him food, which is always vegetarian. The monks said Babiya only ate cooked rice during his stay at the temple, which is more than seven decades.

No one really knows when Babiya lived in the Kerala temple, but it’s been so long that everyone considers it a part of the place. The monks said the crocodile had never once tried to attack them and they considered it a god.

“Legend has it that in 1945, a crocodile, later known as Babiya, appeared in the temple pond, days after a British army officer was mysteriously killed by a strange animal. It is said that the officer shot a crocodile that was residing in the temple at the time,” Mahalingeshwara Bhat, the temple’s abbot, told The Indian Express.

Babiya crawled into the Sri Ananthapadmanabha temple.

Babiya – a Mugger crocodile, also known as a swamp crocodile – usually eats two cooked meals a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. According to the people living at the Sri Ananthapadmanabha temple, Babiya never ate meat and didn’t even attack the fish that lived in the same pond.

“I feed Babiya 1kg of rice every day. It doesn’t eat meat, it doesn’t even attack the fish that live in the pond,” a temple employee said. This is in stark contrast to what we know about the diet of the Mugger crocodile. Crocodile expert Anirban Chaudhuri said: ‘This is a Mugger crocodile and their natural wild diet is mainly fish. They also eat large and small mammals such as deer, wild boar. Given the choice, an alligator will always eat its natural diet, but it’s important to understand that they are excellent survivors and are known to be dangerous animals. dangerous”.

Therefore, this expert thinks it is more likely that the crocodile living in the temple ate fishes in the pond and ate rice as part of conditioned behavior. Feeding him two meals a day is just his supplement.

Another interesting thing about Babiya is that in its 70 years of living at the temple, it has never attacked anyone here. When it crawled into the temple last year, monk Chandraprakash Nambisan asked it to return to the pond, the reptile listened and crawled back to its favorite spot.

Over the years, the Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Lake temple in Kasaragod has become known as the “home” of a harmless vegetarian crocodile. Now, the temple welcomes many visitors to see Babiya with their own eyes.

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