At Patna ( the capital of the indian state of Bihar), hundreds of people took to the streets to give a royal farewell to a monkey that died of electric shock. A huge procession inched its way towards a ground where the monkey was cremated according to hindu rites. A musical band led the mourners who chanted “Jai shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”, two devotional hindu songs.
The monkey died after coming into contact with a live wire. “People collected money for the funeral. Many think that by dying, the monkey saved people from electrocutiuon.” said a mourner.
It has to be said hindus respect monkeys. They are believed to be the companions of Hanuman, the monkey-god, one of the more popular hindu gods.