Villupuram: Normally, lemon may cost you Rs 1 or 2, may be up to Rs 5 in rare circumstances. So you might be surprised to find that a lemon fetched Rs 27,000 in an auction held at the Balathandayuthapani temple in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. On the first day of the 11-day Panguni Uthiram festival, nine lemons were put up for auction, out of which one lemon literally was sold to a couple for Rs 27,000 in the temple. Apart from this, the rest of the lemons fetched around Rs 41,000.
It is a custom to put up the 'sacred' lemons on auction at the temple after performing pooja.
The people around Tiruvanainallur and the surrounding regions believe that having the lemon spiked on the spear of the deity Muruga brings prosperity in their lives. It is also believed that it is beneficial for couple with no children.
The lemons are decorated on the spear of the deity on the first day of the year which is believed to be the most powerful and auspicious day.