Ramgopal Srinivas of Guntur miraculously survived the trauma in the dense and dangerous forest

Call it Lord Venkateswara’s blessings or sheer luck, a pilgrim who accidentally fell into a 350-feet deep valley on the first ghat road in Tirumala a week ago was found alive and well on Sunday noon.

Ramgopal Srinivas of Guntur miraculously survived the trauma in the dense forest, infested with wild beasts and snakes, without food and water for nearly a week. “I am alive today because of the Lord. I survived from the jaws of death,” he told TOI from his hospital bed.

A field assistant in a private life insurance company, Srinivas, 29, fell into the Avvachari Kona valley during his return journey on foot on Aug. 23 after having darshan of the Lord the day before. He stopped at Avvachari Kona to view the sight and suddenly slipped and fell down the 350-ft valley. According to him, he landed on a heap of soft bushes and broke his right hand and right leg and was unconscious for two days. Incidentally, Avvachari Kona is known for its leopard population.

“I regained consciousness and began trekking up the valley with great difficulty. Despite a lot of physical strain, I kept pulling myself up slowly and reached the tip of the valley on Sunday morning,” he said. A pilgrim, who heard his moans, informed 108 and fire services personnel who brought him up from the valley and rushed him to Ruia Hospital in Tirupati where he is recovering.

But how did he survive without food and water? “I used to collect bottles thrown away by pilgrims down the valley and drank what was left, though it was not fit for consumption. I had no option but to consume the dirty water for survival.”

The joy of his family members in Brodipet in Guntur knew no bounds after they heard the news on TV channels on Sunday afternoon. Mother Lakshmi and sister Madhavi immediately left for Tirupati to be with Srinivas.

When contacted, they told TOI on phone that they had lodged a complaint with police soon after Srinivas went `missing’. “He loves travelling and spends two-three days on pilgrimage. We thought he would come back from his Tirumala trip soon but when we could not reach him on his cellphone, we were worried,” Madhavi said.

Source : Pilgrim survives 350-ft fall into valley – Hyderabad – City – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Pilgrim-survives-350-ft-fall-into-valley/articleshow/6458413.cms#ixzz0y38KOHEj

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