Babiya, a crocodile who protects the acclaimed Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kerala.Legend has it that, Babiya is a nearby gatekeeper of the Temple. Babiya just eats the temple prasad which is made of rice and jaggery and does not hurt anybody, incorporating the fish in the lake. The crocodile is accepted to be veggie lover and is guarding the temple for over 60 years! A trustee of the temple has said that Babiya is an aggregate veggie lover and is nourished day by day after the twelve love led at the temple, it is given the prasads offered by the fans and they sustain her like an elephant by putting the prasad in its mouth.

Vegetarian crocodile babiya


Another legend portrays an alternate tale about Babiya's presence. Once Sree Vilvamangalathu Swami, enthusiast of Lord Vishnu, was doing retribution for his most loved master. While he was in his petitions, Lord Krishna as a young man showed up and began bothering him. Being irritated by the conduct of the tyke, the holy person pushed Krishna aside. The kid promptly vanished into an adjacent surrender and after that the reality of the situation was unfolded on the holy person. The cleft into which Krishna is said to have vanished still exists in the temple. The crocodile unobtrusively protects the passage and the holy place.

Another story proposes that in 1945, a British officer shot dead the crocodile. Later, the trooper kicked the bucket inside few days with snakebite. Individuals trusted that it was a scourge of serpent god Anantha. In any case, later another crocodile showed up in the lake. It is said that, in the event that one crocodile passes on, then another shows up in the lake.
Babiya: The vegetarian crocodile

Ananthapura Lake Temple is one of the imperative spots of love on a remote rough slope in a quiet confined area in Karasaragod region situated at a separation of 18 Km from Kasargod town (towards north).

Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasargod Ananthapura Lake Temple is exceptionally old temple and it has a place with the ninth century. The temple is devoted to Lord Ananthapadmanabha swamy (Lord Vishnu). The uniqueness is that, this is the main lake temple in Kerala. The temple manages a 10,000 foot perspective of the green scene around. The sanctum sanctorum is encompassed by a rectangular lake measuring 302 feet square (around 2 sections of land).

Another primary fascination of the temple is that the first symbols in the Garbhagriha were not made of metal or stone, but rather of a one of a kind blend of more than 70 restorative materials called 'Kadu-Sharkara-Yogam.' These icons were supplanted by panchaloha metals in the year 1972, endeavors are made now to supplant the icons made with 'Kadu-Sharkara-Yogam.'

According to the legend, Ananthapura Lake Temple is the first seat of Ananthapadmanabha Swamy of Thiruvananthapuram. The managing divinity, Lord Ananthapadmanabha is situated on the serpent god Adisesha. Nearby conviction is that the ruler had settled down here initially.

The temple is interested in all guests independent of standing, ideology, and shading.

The Ananthapura Lake Temple is encompassed by a "Chuttambalam" (an encased verandah circling the building), the dividers are enhanced by works of art and there is a buckle inside that opens out to a little tank where the water level stays stable paying little respect to climatic changes.

Ananthapura Lake Temple , Kasargod,kerala



Distance from Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasaragod


  • Kasargod: 18 Km
  • Mangalore: 47 Km (Karnataka)
  • Kozhikode: 202 Km
  • Wayanad: 224 Km
  • Thrissur: 328 Km
  • Ernakulam: 392 Km
  • Kochi: 408 Km
  • Kumarakom: 453 Km
  • Alappuzha: 453 Km
  • Kottayam: 463 Km
  • Idukki: 469 Km
  • Kuttanad: 471 Km
  • Munnar: 476 Km
  • Kollam: 540 Km
  • Thiruvananthapuram: 602 Km
  • Kovalam: 610 Km



How to get there Ananthapura Lake Temple , Kerala


Nearest Airport: Kozhikode International airport (IATA: CCJ, ICAO: VOCL).

Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is Kasaragod

Road: Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasargod is well connected by road network. 
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