Sundaresan, the 45-year old priest, also brought in an elephant unauthorisedly for prayers seeking longevity for his father.
Asked if the reptiles were harmed or harassed, he said using cobras for puja amounted to harassing and teasing them.
"A permit and authorisation is mandatory to move an elephant from one place to another, and in this case permission was not taken," he said.
The priest, he said, confessed to have committed the offences.
He was arrested and produced before a court which remanded him in judicial custody yesterday, he said.
Quoting the priest, the official said a man named Palani brought the cobras. All those involved in bringing the reptiles and the elephant will be arrested and we are on the lookout for them, he said.
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