Do you know “Babia, the vegetarian crocodile”.

Babia, the vegetarian crocodile.

 

Visitors to the ancient sacred Anandapadmanabha Temple at Kumbla, Kerala always get to hear a strange story once they are done with a round of the temple, the legend of Babia, a 76-year-old male crocodile, who lives in the lake surrounding the temple.

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Babia comes punctually for his lunch, provided by the temple priest at 1.30 every afternoon. Lunch mixture of rice and jaggery, the prasad offered to th deity. Babia has just this one meal – no dinner – and does not bother anybody, not even the fish in the lake. Legend has it that only one crocodile inhabits the lake at one time. When he dies, another one automatically appears to take his place.

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