A total of 27 pilgrims lost their lives in a stampede during a religious festival that took place on the banks of a river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. According to Indian news channel NDTV, 25 of the deceased were women. The stampede lasted nearly 20 minutes.
This sad incident took place at () in the
district while pilgrims were trying to rush
towards the Rajahmundry Godavari river. At least 29 people were injured. Among
them, only two people were severely injured, according to a spokesman for
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
It is expected that almost 24 million people will take part in the 12-day Maha Pushkaralu festival, which takes place once every 144 years. Pilgrims believe that if they take bath in the river then they will get rid of sins.
We feel deeply sad for those departed souls. May their souls rest in peace.