Jamkhandi devotee in Karnataka pays Rs 6.5 lakh for ‘lucky’ temple coconut | Hubballi News


BAGALKOT: A devotee offered Rs 6.5 lakh to buy a coconut offered to Lord Malingaraya at the 12th century temple in the village of Chikkalaki in Jamkhandi. “Some people call it madness and blind belief to pay such a high price for a coconut, but it is my devotion and my faith,” said Mahavir Harake, a fruit seller from Tikkota village in Vijayapura district. .
Many villagers and devotees participated in the auctions organized by the Malingaraya temple committee on Wednesday, the last day of Shravana, as part of the Sri Beeralingeshwar fair. “Lord Malingaraya is considered to be a form of Nandi of Shiva and the coconut kept in the deity’s gadduge (throne) is the most sought after by bidders as it is considered divine and good luck,” Basu said. Kadli, secretary of the temple committee. .

The temple committee secretary said they have been auctioning off the “gadduge” coconut for years and the auction has never exceeded 10,000 rupees. This time the auction started at Rs 1,000 and within minutes crossed Rs 1 lakh. “Then another devotee quoted Rs 3 lakh and we thought the auction would end. After that, Mahavir quoted Rs 6.50,000 and got the coconut, ”Kadli said. “The temple committee will use the proceeds from the auction for development and other religious works. ”
Harake said that while many think it’s unwise to pay so much for a coconut, it’s a matter of faith for him. “When I had serious health problems and suffered losses in my business, I prayed to Lord Malingaraya. In a few months, I overcame my problems. I will keep the divine coconut in my house and I will worship it daily because it will bring good luck, ”he said.


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