Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Now this is a true story but not one to go nuts over:)

Coconut banned at Mumbai temple

Hindus have been banned from taking certain offerings into one of the most popular temples in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) for security reasons.

The head of the Siddhivinayak temple told the BBC that the decision had been made after a police request.

Devotees are no longer allowed to take coconuts and flowers into the temple but may take sweets instead.

Police refused to say why tighter security was needed at the temple or whether there was a specific threat.

Thousands visit the Siddhivinayak temple, which is dedicated to the God Ganesha, every day.

Temple chief executive Hanumant Jagtap said at least 4,000 coconuts are offered daily to the deity, as well as innumerable flowers.

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