A man went to take rounds around an old temple in Tamil Nadu for good luck. His luck, however, was so bad that he fell from a staggering height of 3,500 feet into his death.
38-year-old T Arumugam, an auto driver of Periyar Nagar in Musiri, had gone to the Sanjeevi Perumal temple located on a 3500-ft-high cliff.
A tall and agile Arumugam climbed over a parapet on the cliff to go around the temple. After a couple of steps on the protruding rocks, he slipped but grabbed a rock to break the fall.
However, he could not hold himself up for long and went hurtling into the abyss.
Since he had come alone, his identity remained unknown. The other devotees at the temple alerted the temple and local authorities. It took considerable time for the police to launch a search because of lack of a clear complaint and inhospitable terrain.
It was only later in the day that the man was identified after his wife Thara, who saw the clip, rushed to the hill
The temple has no space around it for worshippers to go around it and the man was warned before he ventured further towards danger, reported India Today.
The incentive for the man who dared to tread in practically no space, was the good luck as it is believed that one dons good fortune if they go around the temple.
“It is a practice for many to go around the temple by treading the treacherous rocks, unmindful of the danger and official advice. Building a wall will be the only way to prevent them from doing so,” said an official of the revenue department of the temple to the Hindu.