Flowers, fruits, milk, sweets or coconuts are amongst popular offerings made by devotees to native deities at Hindu temples. Nevertheless, at a temple devoted to Lord Shiva in Gujarat city of Surat, the faithful have found an unusual way to pay their offerings with live crabs.
Staying with an age-old tradition, devotees flock to the Ramnath Shiv Ghela temple on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in the month of January with live crabs.
Connecting the ritual offering crabs to the epic Ramayana, Manojgiri Goswami, a priest of the temple said, “Lord Ram had established this temple and blessed it saying whoever offers crabs in this temple on the day of Ekadashi will have their wishes fulfilled.”
Ever since people have thought that doing so will fulfil all their goals and also ensure their well being.
“I have heard that whoever offers crabs at this temple, all their health-related problems get resolved. After being diagnosed with an illness, I have come here to pray and get rid of the difficulty,” said Heeral Chabuwala, a devotee who visited the temple with crabs as offerings.