Priest falls into a fire pit during a pooja ritual at Ramanagara


Team Udayavani, Apr 30, 2018, 5:55 PM IST

Bengaluru: A priest here was severely injured while performing a ritual of the Sri Revanna Siddeshwara Swamy temple in Avverahalli near Ramanagara town.

The injured, Vijay Kumar (37) sustained severe burn injuries after he slipped and fell into the fire pit while performing the firewalking ritual during temple festivities on Sunday.

Manjunath, Vijay’s brother, also sustained burn injuries when he went his sibling’s rescue.

The incident occurred at around 6.30am on Sunday, the second day of three-day festivities planned by the temple’s trust. The ‘agnikonda’, the strip of burning embers, had been prepared and Kumar, holding a sword, began walking on it. He had covered about half the length of the 15-foot long ‘agnikonda’ when he slipped and fell.

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