Tiruvarur, Aug 3 : The senior priest of renowned Sri Thyagarajaswami Temple died after falling from the temple car during the 'Aadipooram' car festival here in the wee hours on Saturday.
The deceased S Murali (56) lost balance and fell on the ground while attempting to perform 'Aarti' to deity Goddess Manonmani Amman, when the temple car came to the finishing point after went round four Mada streets around the temple.
Mr Murali fell upside down and suffered critical head injuries and was rushed to the government hospital at Tiruvarur.
Later, he was shifted to the government medical college hospital at Thanjavur where he succumbed to injuries.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswam condoled the death of the priest and announced a solatium of Rs three lakh to the kin of the deceased, an official statement said.
The solatium would be paid from Sri Thyagarajaswamy Thirukoil Nidhi (temple fund), he added.(UNI)