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Pilgrimage ends in tragedy as 3 minors drown in Nageshi temple pond

17th May 2018, 02:45 Hrs

the goan I network

PONDA

A pilgrimage ended in tragedy for an extended family from Mangalore when three minor cousins drowned in the pond of a temple at Nageshi-Ponda on Wednesday evening.   

According to reports, the incident took place when the three cousins, aged between 7 and 12 years, were part of a nine-member extended family who had gone to the temple town on Wednesday 

afternoon.

Pradeep Bhat along with his wife, Smita, their two daughters, Pritam Bhat and Priyanka Hola and five grandchildren had gone on a pilgrimage to their family deity (Kuldevata) at Nageshi.  

The family stayed in Margao on Tuesday and proceeded to Ponda on Wednesday afternoon. After lunch, they went to Nageshi and booked a room at the devasthan. The children were playing in the campus of the temple.

It is unclear how the children fell into the pond, but people present at the site tried



HOW IT HAPPENED

A nine-member extended family had gone on a pilgrimage to their family deity (Kuldevata) at Nageshi 

After lunch, they booked a room at the Nageshi devasthan 

The children were playing in the campus of the temple, but it’s unclear how the children fell into the pond

People present at the site tried to rescue the children, but their efforts were unsuccessful

The children were later pulled out of the pond and rushed to the Ponda Sub District Hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival