Incredible India: Gangaram, the crocodile, got hero's farewellBawa Mohtara village, Bemetra District, Chattisgarh. The entire village assembled to bid farewell to the deceased friend. Their friend named Gangaram was very popular across the village and nearby areas. The villagers even regarded him as their protector. No, Gangaram was not a human being. Neither was he a domestic animal like a dog, cat or cow. Gangaram was a crocodile.
After his death, the crocodile was given a hero's farewell. He had been living in the village's pond since a time when the participants in his funeral were not even born. His age was around 130 years.
Despite living in the village's pond, where most of the residents used to take their bath, Gangaram never disturbed any villager. The headman of the village stated that the crocodile never harmed anyone even when they swam near him. He was very fond of children. According to the villagers, Gangaram used to eat only what he was given food by them.
After his death, many villagers had been seen crying in grief. He was cremated by the villagers with the permission of the Forest Department. The villagers are even planning to construct a temple in his memory.
Incredible crocodile. Incredible villagers. Incredible India!