A video of a stray dog accompanying a group of Ayyappa devotees has become an internet sensation as the pooch reportedly walked almost 480kms with the group. According to reports, the devotees started their annual barefoot pilgrimage from Andhra Pradesh on October 31 and reached Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka on November 17. Initially, the group was unaware of the fact that the dog was following them.
“We didn't notice the dog at first. But as we continued, it kept showing up behind us every now and then. We offer it the food that we prepare for ourselves. We perform Sabarimala pilgrimage every year but it's a new experience," the devotees were quoted as saying.
#WATCH Karnataka: A stray dog has been following a group of 13 Ayyappa devotees, who are on a pilgrimage to Kerala's Sabarimala & has walked 480 km so far. The devotees started from Andhra Pradesh's Tirumala on Oct 31 & have reached Chikkamagaluru dist's Kottigehara now. (17.11) pic.twitter.com/9ke8uFwRCt— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2019
The video went viral the moment it hit the internet, with more than 1lakh views and 11,000 likes. Called the video “very touching”, netizens pointed out that "Animals are more spiritual than many inhumane humans”.
Thanks to these people .. who noticed her and started to offer food.. this is a form of purest prayer..— Roll No. 20 (@doc_roll20) November 18, 2019
One of the Excellent creations of the God 👏— Subba Rao🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@yessirtns) November 18, 2019
Known for its LOYALTY 👏👏🐩
Incredible..🙏🙏— Sachin Yashwant Karlekar 🇮🇳 (@KarlekarSachin) November 18, 2019
In a viral video doing the rounds on the internet, a dog is seen carrying a woman’s handbag in its mouth. The video was shared by a Facebook user Nahur Bhai on his feed. Netizens were in awe of the dog and some even termed him as 'best boyfriend ever.' In the video, the Rottweiler is seen climbing down the stairs, and walking across the street, following a woman, presumed to be its owner. All the while, the dog held on to the beige colour bag in its mouth.