The Dog Who Followed A Pilgrim All The Way To 600 KM

The Dog Who Followed A Pilgrim All The Way To 600 KM

Dogs show humans that pure love doesn’t need any definition. They do so much, feel so much for their human counterpart that I believe most of the human companion will fail to do. There are many stories about loyal dogs who showed the world that there couldn’t be any better companion than them for their masters. And here we are sharing just another story about a dog who didn’t let go the side of a man who even was not his master.

Meet Malu, the extraordinary dog who undertook a 600-km journey to keep a Sabarimala ‘yatri’ company. Malu met Naveen, the Sabarimala pilgrim, on December 8 and hasn’t left his his side ever since.

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Naveen and Malu met on the second day of the ‘yatri’s’ nearly 700km pilgrimage by foot  from the Mookambika temple in Kollur, Udupi, to the Sabarimala shrine in Pathanamthitta, according to an article on The News Minute website.

Believe it or not! 38-year-old Naveen, a resident of Kozhikode in Kerala, completed the 600-km journey on foot in 17 days. And Malu was there behind him and Malu stuck with him all he way. Malu was also there when Naveen returned home on December 23. Naveen brought Malu back home with him next to him in a KSRTC bus.

Naveen, who is an employee of the Kerala State Electricity Board was quoted as saying by The News Minute, “It was after nearly 80 kilometers or so, that I noticed her. She walked towards me from the opposite direction and stopped when she reached right in front of me. I did try shooing her off many times, but she would just not go.”

Malu always maintained a distance of about 20 metres from Naveen and walked ahead of him and even protected his belongings in the night.

The 600km journey earned the dog a name — Malu, which is short for “Malikappuram”, a term used to address female Sabarimala devotees, a black belt and mudra mala around her neck, and of course a family.

Naveen took sepcial permission of a KSRTC special officer to make arrangements to bring Malu back home with him.

Malu now has a large cardboard box that she calls home in Naveen’s house in Beypore. And also wears a brown-beaded necklace around her neck to remind herself and all those around her of her incredible journey.

If things were at my hand I would have omitted the dictionary replacing the term loyalty with Dog.

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