Pushkaralu festival: 27 killed, several injured in stampede at bathing ghat


At least 27 people have reportedly died in a stampede at the ‘Maha Pushkaralu’ festival in Andhra Pradesh, while several others have been injured. The religious festival, which celebrates rivers, takes place once every 144 years and a smaller version of it is held every 12 years.

The fresh tragedy took place in the Rajahmundry district, where huge crowds from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were present to attend the festival.

Like other pilgrims, Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana bathed in rivers considered holy this morning.

The mass pilgrimage at the Pushkaralu festival is often compared to that in the Kumbh Mela, as devotees take a dip in holy rivers.

Meanwhile, the Kumbh Mela has started today in Nashik. The event, which is held every third year, is rotated between the four Hindu holy sites.

At Nashik too, organisers are desperate to avoid a deadly stampede to the like of what happened 12 years ago when 39 were killed and dozens injured in 2003.




    25 Women Killed in Andhra Stampede Where Chief Minister Took River Dip
    NDTV‎ – 10 hours ago


    RAJAHMUNDRY: 27 people, most of them elderly women, were crushed to death this morning in a stampede on the banks of the River Godavari in Andhra Pradesh on the first day of a major religious festival. At least 25 people were injured.

    The tragedy occurred at the same ghat or steps leading to the river where Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu took a dip early this morning in the Rajahmundry district on the border between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ………………….


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