10 killed in stampede at Chitrakoot temple in Madhya Pradesh

10 killed in stampede at Chitrakoot temple in Madhya Pradesh

Ten people were killed and scores injured in a stampede at the “parikrama marg” (the circumambulation path in a temple) of the famous Kamadgiri hill temple at Chitrakoot in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district on Monday.

Five of the dead were from Uttar Pradesh, according to sources. Chitrakoot lies on the border of UP’s Chitrakoot Dham Karvi district, about 325 km from here. 

The stampede occurred when thousands of devotees were performing the ‘parikrama’ of the temple on the occasion of ‘Somvati Amavasya’. According to the sources, the stampede was caused reportedly after a rumour that a live wire had snapped and fallen on some people on the ‘parikrama marg’.

 The injured were admitted to Janki Kund Hospital at Chitrakoot. Some critically injured people were referred to Satna, sources said. 

The dead from UP include four from Fatehpur district and one from Jhansi, sources added. Officials said that the devotees perform the “parikrama” by lying prostrate on the ground, getting up and after taking a step again prostrating. 

The ‘parikrama marg’ was about five-kilometre long, very narrow and prone to stampedes on occasions like this. 

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama had spent 12 years on Kamadgiri hill. The temple situated on the hill was considered to be sacred and lakhs gather for the occasion.

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