Chitrakut: At least 10 devotees were killed and dozens injured in a stampede during circumambulation (parikrama) of Kamdgiri Hill in Chitrakoot, which falls in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.
Locals said that the incident took place early Monday morning during the ‘parikrama' on the occasion of Somavati Amavasya.
Nearly 10 to 12 lakhs devotees flocked here to seek blessings of Lord Kamtanath on the occasion.
Meanwhile, local administration here said that the rope barriers set up to contain pilgrims during ‘parikrama' of the hill gave way, resulting in a stampede which claimed nine lives.
A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident, an official said.
Kamadgiri is believed to have been the abode of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman during their exile. The sanskrit word 'Kamadgiri' means the mountain which fulfills all the desires. The pilgrimage path around this hill is about 5 km.
In October 2013, 115 devotees were killed and over 100 injured in the stampede near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district during Navratri festivities, which was triggered by rumours that the bridge over Sindh river the pilgrims were crossing was about to collapse.