Ujjain : A rescue team of local forest department on Sunday afternoon caught the menacing stray monkey, which had been troubling and biting pilgrims and local priests at the Mangalnath temple.

Before his capture, the monkey had bitten two priests of the temple in past two days. The monkey had also been troubling tourists and pilgrims by snatching the eatables and Puja items from their hands. A team of forest department had started the rescue operation on Saturday but was unable to catch the monkey, on Sunday the operation was continued in which the monkey was captured and was taken away. Monkey menace has been prevalent at the famous Mangalnath Temple. Groups of monkeys could be found at the places of pilgrimage importance. In such a situation, devotees and visitors find it difficult to roam freely at the temple complexes. The authorities of Mangalnath and Bhairavgarh temple have also been facing the similar problem. The temple complex is under simian terror.

Monkeys in numbers can be seen all over the temple complex and devotees often become victim to simian attacks. Be it the parking area, temple corridors, holy items stalls, hall or the main puja hall, monkeys can be seen everywhere. They enter the temple corridor and often attack devotees carrying Prasad packets in their hands. The temple authorities have also been facing a lot of difficulties due to the ever-increasing number of simians. Similar is the situation at the Sidhhvat and Kalbhairav temple are also facing the similar monkey menace.

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