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Crowds throng temple to see a circumambulating piglet

india Updated: Dec 15, 2008 19:24 IST
Ashok Das

Hundreds of people are thronging a Vishnu temple on the banks of Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh to see a piglet that is circumambulating the dhwaja stambham on the entrance of the Sanctum sanctorum for the past two days.

The white piglet, barely year old, suddenly appeared in front of Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple at Siddhantam village in West Godavari district,( about 440 kilometers east of Hyderabad) at 5 am on Sunday morning as the priests were opening the doors for starting the morning ritual. It made a dash inside the temple as soon as the doors were opened but the priests chased and drove it away. But it came back soon and started circumambulating around the Dhwaja Sthambam. Unmindful of people coming and going and the clashing of cymbals and sound of conch shells. The circumambulation continued till late evening.

On Monday morning the local people found the pig taking a dip in nearby Godavari River and then proceeding to the temple, where it continued the circumambulation around the Dhawaja stambham.

“It’s a unique sight- a pig going around the Dhwaja stambam with so much devotion. There is some divine message. Some people find the connection between Bhagwan Vishnu`s Varaha incarnation and the visitor. People are coming from far off places to see the unique spectacle and seek blessings,” said Vadaapilli Sobhanadracharyulu, the chief priest of the temple.

Though rationalists have pooh poohed the “divine” phenomenon, people are in mood to listen. “ I never heard of such a development in my life time.I have come to offer my prayers to the piglet,” said Punna Rao, who travelled from Kakinada to have a glimpse.

Police sources said that the crowd was increasing every hour as more and more people want to have a glimpse of “the divine creature”. Devotees are also offering flowers and milk to the piglet.

The district administration has posted a police picket at the site to control the crowds and avoid a stampede situation. “we have no plan to take away the piglet. We hope it goes away on its own,” a district official said.