IPOH: Hindu devotees are flocking to a temple in Falim here to witness an unusual event of a cobra coiling itself around the statue of the temple's main deity, Sri Maha Samundeeswary Kaliamman.
The snake, believed to be over six feet long, had slithered into the temple premises while prayers were on-going at 4.30pm on Thursday.
Temple committee chairman S. Kesavan yesterday said: "Cobras are revered in Hinduism and killing one is considered bad luck.
He, however, said a call was made to the Civil Defence Department to help remove the cobra.
"The temple committee viewed it as an auspicious sign as the cobra had arrived at a time when a pooja (prayer) was being carried out to determine a date for the temple's annual festival in November."
Kesavan said the temple had started a 48-day paal abhishekam (milk pouring ritual) yesterday to mark the "miraculous" event.
He added the cobra, which was still in the temple chamber's inner sanctum, had attracted a large crowd of devotees.
"We are doing our best to control the crowd as we do not want anyone to harm or be harmed by the snake."