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Rajahmundry; A stampede broke out at Pushkar Ghat, which resulted in death of seventeen pilgrims and twenty other being injured on the very former day of 'Pushkaram Festival.'

The hurly-burly/incident backlashed when the magnificent crowd geared to take holy wane/dip in the river, Kulasekhar, dy SP East Godavari district, captioned it.

He further quoted, that the dead soul are amongst senior citizens and that their person-hood is yet to be known by the police officials.

Arun Kumar, East Godavari District Collector quoted, 17 pilgrims doomed their existence in the incident, as per the present reports.

The deceased encompass 13 women, Sub-Collector, Rajahmundry, quoted Vijay Ramaraju.

PM Narendra Modi, evinced dolour over the forfeit of lives caused during the stampede. Modi also had a word to Andhra Pradesh CM, Chandrababu Naidu regarding the incident shook out during the pilgrimage.

Early morning, Naidu along with his wife and son took the holy wane in the sacred river, where the river is replete in its ambit.

After worshipping, he blew a univalve ammo to symbolize the threshold of the 12-day event.

K Chandrasekhar Rao, Telanagana Chief Minister also took the sacred bath at Dharmapuri in Karimnagar district.

"Godavari Pushkaram Festival" is the erst in 144-year deed consecrated to worshipping the sacred rivers in the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.