Godavari Pushkaram in AP: Six people died, several injured in rush

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Godavari Pushkaram in AP- Six people died, several injured in rushGodavari ‘Pushkaram’, the once in 144-year event dedicated to worshipping rivers in the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana began on Monday.

The pushkaralu, which is observed once in 12 years, this time is considered auspicious from astronomical point of view as it is Maha Pushkaralu which comes once in 144 years.

The ‘Pushakaram’ is a similar to the ‘Kumbh Mela’ performed alongside rivers elsewhere in the country and taking holy dip is the main ritual of the festival.

At least six people have died in a stampede in Andhra Pradesh; several others are reported injured.

The tragedy took place in the Rajahmundry district at a religious festival that celebrates rivers, and draws huge crowds in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

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

The mass pilgrimage is compared often to the Kumbh mela in the North because devotees take a dip in rivers considered holy.