Maharashtra Dy CM offers worship at Guruvayur temple
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 22:18
Guruvayur: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal on Sunday offered worship at the famous Guruvayur Sreekrishna temple today.

After offering prayers, Bhujbal symbolically gifted an elephant to the presiding deity of the temple, Lord Guruvayurappan.

Maharahstra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had yesterday worshipped at the temple and offered a symbolic donation of elephant.

In the past, devotees used to buy elephants and donate them to the temple, a ritual known in local parlance as "nadayiruthal." Since there are restrictions in buying elephants and gifting it to temples now, the ritual is performed symbolically with the donor paying the amount for an elephant calf to the temple coffers. Then, an elephant already under the upkeep of the temple would be symbolically donated to the shrine.

Guruvayur temple has 62 elephants which are lodged in a sprawling park on the outskirts of the temple town.

The temple trust sets apart a big amount in its budget every year for the upkeep of the jumbos which are mostly used for parading for festivals.


First Published: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 22:18

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