Undeterred by the stampede, lakhs of people are thronging the puskharalu to take a holy dip in River Godavari. The tragedy that struck the sacred event on Tuesday morning seems to have had little effect on the devotees who are arriving in Rajahmundry in thousands in each hour.As many as 35, 81,101 devotees took a holy dip in River Godavari on the occasion of Mahapushkaralu in the past four days. On Friday alone, till noon in day, in all ghats of Rajahamundry about 8.65 lakh people took a holy dip. Total number of pilgrims visited the pushkaralu is 916123 while this after between 1pm and 3 pm as many as 66,907 pilgrims arrived in the town.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will take a holy dip in Pushkara-Godavari on Tuesday morning in the Ghat set up at Dharmapuri in Karimanagar district.
He is arriving there on Monday and stay put till Tuesday. This is for second time Rao is visiting Dharmapuri in the past 10 year. He first visited the temple town on the banks of River Godavari in 2003, amid the Telangana struggle, to take the blessings of presiding deity Lakshminarasimha Swamy. According to Endowments minister A Indrakiran Reddy, the Rao, vowed to visit againg the temple and for a holy dip in 2015 after achieving the statehood to Telangana.
“Now the dream of Telangana separate state has been realized under his leadership, the CM is vising Dharmapuri again to express his gratitude to Lakshminarasimha Swamy,” the minister said.