The temple-like structure sparked a frenzy with villagers from near localities coming to catch a glimpse
May 11, 2022, 9:08 a.m. HST
People bracing for the impact of Cyclone Asani along the Sunnapalli coast in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh were surprised when a golden structure resembling part of a temple washed up on the shore. Despite the rough seas, some villagers jumped into the sea to pull the structure to shore using ropes.
The structure sparked a frenzy with villagers from near localities coming to catch a glimpse. After all, it’s not every day that a religious object ends up on the coast. According to reports, the structure resembles temple architecture seen in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia.
It is unclear how the object ended up in the sea and eventually on the Andhra coast. Local fishermen said the structure may have been swept away by the impact of the cyclone. Local government officials, however, played down the incident and said the object could have been used as a prop in a movie set somewhere along the east coast and could have drifted to the Sunnapalli coast. due to tidal activity.
India’s meteorological department forecast the severe cyclonic storm to move northwest and near the Kakinada-Visakhapatnam coast on Wednesday. Anglers have been warned not to venture out to sea until May 12 due to high tidal activity. The cyclone is then likely to weaken and change direction, moving north-northeast to the northwest of the Bay of Bengal. The weather service said the storm could weaken within the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, meteorological service officials have issued a red alert for Guntur and Krishna districts.