This incident happened to a family, known to me very closely.
The family consisted of husband, wife, a son and a daughter. The husband ran a printing press, which was quite famous in their area if the city. His wife started helping him in the press, after the children grew up and went to higher classes. The whole family was admired by everyone.
Their family was a sort of joint middle class family...the husband was the eldest in the family and had many (five or six!) brothers and his father allotted separate flats to all the sons in his building. He had lost his mother when he was very young and his father was living with him. He was the trustee in a nearby famous temple, was the correspondent in a school. Quite a well known person in their area and a respected one too. His son was waiting for his Plus II results and the daughter had completed 8th std., when this incident happened, some 10 years back.
1st May was their Wedding Anniversary. The whole family, alongwith his brother's son, his wife's brother and his wife, had visited Mookaambika temple on that day. They had lunch at the temple and came to Shringeri Sharada temple(Karnataka). It was around 2 pm. The temple is situated on the banks of the Tungabadhra river. Normally, the gate from the temple to the river bank, is kept open for the visitors to take bath, till around 11 - 12 am. Then the gate is closed. The husband insisted on taking bath in the river at that time itself. Everyone went to the other side of the river bank, crossing a bridge. The husband entered the water and started wading through the water, for some distance. All the other members of the family were watching. Suddenly, he was caught in a 'whirlpool' and started rolling into the centre of the whirlpool. The son noticed this and suddenly ran into the water calling his father, to catch hold of him. His brother's son also ran behind him. Within minutes, all the three of them were not visible at all...and the whole area was deserted at that time. Some help came later on and after searching for 4-5 hours, the three bodies were found. The family's life was changed within such a short span of time.
We had visited that temple and if we go through the gate via the temple, we can see a board near the whirlpool area, saying that the 'area is dangerous'. People are asked to take bath just near the steps. We had done that, just 2 years earlier. He was a very religious man who was loved and respected by one and all. His wife lost her husband and her only son, in front of her. His brother also lost one son. The brother did the kriyas for all the three of them.
The wife was just around 40 years old at the time of the accident. She took some time, naturally, to come out of the shock. But, then slowly, she started taking care of the press. Because of the goodwill they had, the orders poured in and now she is one of the leading person in that field. Her daughter is doing her MBA now. She has changed from a timid girl to a tough business woman. She knows to carry herself and without much help from others, she is doing very well. Whenever I meet her, my admiration for her goes up. Her son's classmates meet her often and help her in their own way.
I wonder why this should happen to her. Both husband and wife were religious. The son was going to Veda classes and played mridangam. The day his body came home, his Plus II results came and he had got reasonably good marks. He had so many dreams and the parents were adoring him.
Thank god, the girl is studying well now and her mother is very happy about it. I feel that women are not that timid as our age old myth says, but when time comes, they become hard as rocks. Hats off to this lady!