The victims, all hailing from coastal Andhra, include 11 women and four children. The incident took place at Rajahmundry district at a festival that celebrates rivers.
The reason behind the huge crowd at the Godavari river bank is because of the fact that the festival happens once in every 144 years. However, a smaller version of Pushkar is held once in every 12 years.
Chief Ministers of both the states-Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrashekhar Rao- took a holy dip in the river in the morning, along with other pilgrims. The mass pilgrimage is compared to the Kumbh mela in the North because pilgrims take a dip in rivers considered pious.
In a similar incident 12 years ago, 39 people were trampled to death during the Kumbh celebrations in the Godavari river in Nashik, around 100 miles northeast of Mumbai.