TELANGANA: Soon after the 12-day-long ‘Godavari Pushkaram’ started today in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, stampede broke out resulting in the death of 22 including several women along with several other causalities. 

According to the reports, a stampede at the Pushkaralu ghat in Rajahmundry has created a major chaos in the region where crores of devotes were expected to participate in the mega congregation for which elaborate arrangements have been put in place in both states.

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu rushed to spot to take a note of the situation and ordered for relief work at immediate basis following the incident.

‘Pushkaralu’ event is similar to the ‘Kumbh Mela’ which also began today in Nashik. It is celebrated by the banks of the holy rivers in India and ‘Pushkaram’ is held every 12 years in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 

The main feature of the event is to take a dip in the Godavari River and the occasion is even more special this year as it marks the ‘Maha Pushkaram’, which comes once in every 144 years.