This ‘Sacred’ Lemon Auctioned for a Whooping Amount of Rs 27,000
Usually, a lemon costs a rupee or two but ever heard a lemon of Rs 27000??? Yes, in an auction held at the Balathandayuthapani temple in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu a “Sacred” lemon was auctioned for Rs 27000.
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.
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.
Nine such lemons auctioned by the temple management at the end of the 11-day Panguni Uthiram festival fetched Rs 68,000. Of this, Rs 27,000 was paid for just one lemon.
Last year, the lemon from the first day fetched Rs 39,000, with the temple raising Rs 57,722 altogether .
The Panguni Uthiram festival has been celebrated for several years at the temple, which is located at a place where two hillocks merge in the village.
The temple became famous over a period of time. Forty years ago, the temple gave away the lemons used for the ritual free of cost but the demand for them led the management to begin auctioning them.