Temple Plan Drawn as Tree Oozes Milk

Published: 14th February 2015 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2015 06:05 AM   |  A+A-


VILLUPURAM: The villagers of the North Railway Colony here have decided to construct a temple around a Neem tree that the villagers claimed exuded ‘sweet milk’ on Friday morning.

A temporary temple has already come up at the place, believed to have strong spiritual powers. Many devotees are crowding the place for blessings of the tree.

On Friday morning Lakshmi (50) of a resident of the north railway colony saw sweet milk flowing out of the old neem tree and alerted the villagers.

Recalling an earlier story woven round the tree, Lakshmi said that in 1979 during the local Putthumarriamman temple consecration a local priest, who the villagers believed had the spirit of lord Muneeswaran, asked the people to build a Muneeswaran temple at that spot.

However, the locals, mostly railway staff, felt that the temple work would affect their daily life and objected to the proposed temple.

On Friday as soon as the news of the milk flow spread devotees crowded round the tree and performed several religious rituals.

Devotion poured out at the venue, as some even assumed the tree to be an incarnation of goddess Seelliamman and started worshipping the tree.

Meanwhile, looking at this issue from a scientific angle, T Kapil Raj (ME environmental management) said that the milk discharge was found on ‘wounded’ trees.

However, throwing scientific reasoning to the winds, the residents have decided to go ahead with their plan and build a Selliamman temple at the spot.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp