Kasaragod, Oct 21: Priests were taken aback when a crocodile made an appearance at the Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Lake Temple in Kumbla in Kasargod district last evening.
The crocodile is Babiya which resides in Ananthapura Lake. According to the local legend, Babiya feeds only on the temple prasad which is offered every day after the noon worship of the deity. The vegetarian prasad comprises of cooked rice and jaggery, and is fed to the friendly croc by the devotees fearlessly, by their hands.
According to temple sources, this is the first time in the temple's history that Babiya has stepped out and entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.