Godavari Pushkaralu Begin; 27 Dead in Stampede
The auspicious Godavari pushkaralu begin today. In a stampede witnessed at Pushkara Ghat in Kotagummam, Rajahmundry, as many as 27 persons died. Some other devotees were injured. Being the first day, as huge crowd arrived for taking holy dip in River Godavari, the stampede was observed. The injured were immediately shifted to hospital. Devotees alleged that it is due to lack of co-ordination among officials that the stampede happened. It is known that the pushkaram this year is special as it marks the ‘Maha Pushkaram’, which comes once in every 144 years. Crores of devotees are expected to visit and take bath during the Maha Pushkaram.