Chief priest of Pushkar Brahma temple Som Puri among 3 killed in road accident near Jaipur
Jaipur: Chief priest (mahant) of the Brahma temple in Pushkar and two others were killed when the car they were travelling in rammed into a stationed water tanker on Ajmer-Jaipur national highway near Dudu on Wednesday. One more man is said to be seriously injured in the mishap.
Initial reports suggest that mahant Sompuri was travelling with a woman constable and two youths towards Jaipur in a Swift Dzire car.
The mishap occurred near Padsoli in Dudu area. The car rammed into the water tanker. The tanker was stationed on the road.
Mahant Som Puri, the woman constable and a youth died on the spot, while another youth was gravely wounded in the mishap.
Police force from Dudu police station was rushed to launch a rescue operation.
The police officials said that traffic was disrupted for nearly half an hour on this national highway after the mishap. The vehicles were towed away from the road following the traffic resumed.
Som Puri had been nominated Mahant of the temple after the death of the former chief priest Lahar Puri.
The Brahma temple is an internationally recognized religious place. The temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them. Although the present temple structure dates to the 14th century, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old.