Bengaluru, Jan 12: Two pilgrims from Bengaluru, who were siblings, drowned in sea off Auro Beach in Puducherry today.
The deceased have been identified as V Gauthman, 22, and his brother Vivek, 20.
Gauthman and Vivek were among a group of around 150 devotees from Bengaluru to the Adhiparasakhi temple at Melmaruvathur in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. They started their journey from Bengaluru in three buses on Friday.
After offering special puja at Adhiparasakthi temple and worshipping at a few other temples, they reached Auro Beach on Sunday afternoon.
While they were having lunch on the beach, Gauthman entered the sea. He was caught in a huge wave.
Vivek, who tried to rescue his brother, too was caught in the wave.
Other pilgrims and fishermen began to search for them in fishing boats.
After an hour, their bodies were washed ashore, around two km from the spot.
The Auroville police retrieved the bodies and sent them for postmortem.
Two brothers from Karnataka drown in sea after offering puja in temple