Konark: Amid the heavy rush of
more than 3 lakh Hindu devotees including elderly men and women who took a ritual bath in river Chandrabhaga of the temple town of Konark and offered prayers to the sun god on the auspicious occasion of Magha Saptami on Monday, a 70-year-old woman named G Amma Melak from Rayagada district died of heart attack after taking bath.
She came with her family members for ablutions in the river, a stone’s throw from Bay of Bengal. “She fell down after coming out of the tank. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.
The woman died while undergoing treatment. Doctors said she suffered a heart attack,” a police officer said.
Elaborate arrangements was made along the Chandrabhaga coast, located about three km from the World Heritage site of the Sun Temple of Konark where hundreds of policemen were deployed.
Tents and barricades were erected along the coast for the convenience of the devotees. Large numbers of policemen were also deployed to manage traffic.
According to legend, Lord Krishna’s son Shamba was cured of leprosy after a holy dip at the Chandrabhaga river which once flowed through the precincts of the Sun Temple of Konark in Puri district, flowing towards the Bay of Bengal. The place where Shamba is said to have meditated and worshiped the sun god for 12 years after bathing has become a sacred spot and devotees believe it has curative properties. So a huge crowd had gathered at the place to take bath and offer prayer as it would cleanse them of diseases and wash away their sins.