The story of Malu - the dog who followed Naveen on his pilgrimage to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple
The story of Malu - the dog who followed Naveen on his pilgrimage to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Dogs are called as man’s best friend through the ages. Not only as a friend it even acts as a protector, helper and provider. Sometimes, they are even considered as part of the family.

They are definitely fun to be with and make great companions despite whether they’re begging you for food, barking at you, or greeting you when you get back home.

Image for representational purpose
Image for representational purpose, Image Courtesy: DogVacay

It certainly feels great to walk with a dog around either just within the neighbourhood or along the beach. In the presence of a dog, there’s consistency, love, and the beauty of life at its finest.


Here goes a heart touching story of a dog that walked 600 kilometres with a Sabarimala pilgrim.

As per the News Minute reports, pilgrim Naveen found a faithful friend Malu – the dog on the second day (December 8, 2016) of his 600 km journey to Sabarimala by walk. Sometimes Malu used to follow him and sometimes she used to go ahead of him.

Malu following Naveen on his journey
Malu following Naveen on his journey, Image Courtesy: Facebook/Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

He noticed Malu and her extended olive branch of friendship only after 80 kilometres of walking. He couldn’t believe himself that Malu had accompanied him throughout his journey.

Naveen lost himself for Malu’s love and seated her right beside him on KSRTC bus while returning home. However, one Kerala State Electricity Board employee tried to shoo off Malu, but she was immovable.

Naveen and Malu
Naveen and Malu, Image Courtesy: Facebook/Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

He recalled the moment when he lost Malu near the shrine. The other devotees who had seen Malu with Naveen informed that she is waiting for him at the steps that lead to the shrine.

As reported by News Minute:

For the next one-and-a-half days, Malu waited there for my return, She waited there sniffing every devotee and when finally found Naveen, jumped on him.

Later he spoke with a KSRTC officer and brought Malu to his home. Now Malu stays with him in his house at Beypore.

Having a dog at home gives us a listening ear, warm hands to hold, and even strong legs to run beside. There are lot many things to learn from a dog’s behaviour, personality, demeanour, resiliency, and most importantly their unconditional love that lasts until their death.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself”.