Udupi: An Ayyappa devotee from Udyavara, Udupi died in Sabarimala, Kerala, after suffering cardiac arrest on Sunday, January 16.
The deceased has been identified as Suresh Bangera (52), a native of Sampigenagar in Udyavara and is an auto-rickshaw driver.
Bangera was among a group of roughly 32 Ayyappa devotees who left for Sabarimala on January 14 after performing puja at a temple in Udyavar.
It is said that he has previously made 28 journeys to Sabarimala.Bangera experienced cardiac arrest while hiking the Ganesha peak at Sabarimala.
He was hurried to a local health clinic and then transferred to the Pallathettu government hospital, where he died. His mortal remains will be carried to Udyavara on Monday, January 17.