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Pilgrim from AP dies on way to Ayyappa temple

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Press Trust of India Sabarimala
: A 40-year-old pilgrim from Andhra Pradesh died of a heart attack at Neelimala while on his way to Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala on Wedesday, police said.
The deceased, Kameshwar Rao, who was part of a 28 -member pilgrim group from Andhra Pradesh, felt uneasy while trekking at Neelimala, one of the sacred hills to reach the forest shrine.
On Tuesday, a 29-year-old Ayyappa devotee from Tamil Nadu, who was on his way to the temple here for darshan, died of a heart attack at Neelimala.
The temple body, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) also rubbished reports that a lizard was found in a "Aravana" prasadam of the shrine.
The report was "fake" and baseless, the board said in a press release.
The effort is to bring disrepute and sabotage the peaceful pilgrim season now underway at the shrine, which is witnessing a heavy rush of devotees, the board said.
Over 1,400 persons have trekked the traditional Kannana route since the temple opened on November 16 evening.

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First Published: Nov 27 2019 | 6:05 PM IST

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