Bangalore, Apr 10: A community in Karnataka has established an unconventional temple to pay respects to the epitome of faithfulness - the dog.
The common dog has been raised to the status of God in Channapatna's Ramanagar district, where the people not only have built a temple for the animal but are also conducting poojas to the dog-God.
Besides idolising the dog for its faithful nature, the worshippers believe that the dog has the capability of donning a far more grave and unplayful avatar, when needed, to stop any wrongdoing or to set things right.
This aggressive animal is believed to work alongside the village deity. There are two idols in the temple representing the two faces of the animal.
Animals are commonly worshipped in Hinduism, the religion followed by the majority in the country. The ancient religion bestows animals such as cows with divinity.
It is also interesting to note that India, which is often known as the land of temples, not only boasts of ancient and historically significant temples but also some peculiar specimens such as the famous temple for south Indian actress Khusboo in Tamil Nadu and the temple built for politician and Dalit leader Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh.