The police team traced the call details and took the priest, who has been identified as P Jayaraman, to custody within an hour.
The temple priest was under the influence of alcohol when he made the call and does not remember anything, said MP Dinesh, Thrissur Superintendent of Police.
President Kovind is on a three-day visit to Kerala and is set to inaugurate the ‘Festival of Democracy’ to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. He is also set to visit the Guravayoor Temple in Thrissur on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the priest will be kept in the police custody till the time President Kovind leaves the state.