Monkeys partaking Onam feast at Sasthamkotta Temple, Kerala
This video was shot at Sasthamkotta Sree Dharmasastha Temple in Kollam district of Kerala, South India. The temple premise is home to a monkey brigade, considered as favourites of the presiding deity. Regardless of their naughty behaviour at times, devotees and people living nearby never harm the monkeys.
During the festival season of Onam in Kerala, Onasadya (traditional vegetarian feast), just like the one in households is given to this respected monkey brigade that live in and around the Sree Dharmasastha Temple at Sasthamkotta. The video features Onasadya being served to the monkeys and them enjoying the delicacies in a manner that suits their table manners.
In some other temples of Kerala, other types of animals are accepted as offering from devotees. They include bulls at the Shiva Temple in Thirunakkara; cows at Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Swamy Temple; elephants at Guruvayur Sri Krishna Swamy Temple; peacocks in Subrahmanya Temple at Haripad and dogs in Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple at Parassinikadavu.