Udupi, Feb 18, 2020: A 23-year-old youth from Bengaluru drowned in the temple pond of Sri Gurunarasimha Temple at Saligrama on Sunday.
The deceased has been identified as Pavan Kumar from K R Puram in Bengaluru. He had come to Udupi on a pilgrimage with 30 other people, including his mother. They had stayed in Udupi on Saturday night and proceeded to Saligrama on early Sunday morning.
Pavan was unable to judge the depth of the pond as it was pitch dark at that time. Though his companions tried to rescue him, he drowned.
Fire squad personnel from Kundapur rushed to the spot and retrieved the body. Kumar’s family followed a practice of visiting pilgrim centres every year.
The group was suppose to visit Sringeri and Horanadu, but the members changed the plan and they decided to visit Saligrama.