Pradeep Mishra's Shiv Mahapuran Katha Day-1: Footfall Drops Significantly At Kubereshwar Dham After Last Year's Stampede

By: FPJ Web Desk | March 07, 2024

Pandit Pradeep Mishra's 'Shiv Mahapuran Katha’ began at Sehore's Kubereshwar Dham on March 7 (Thursday). The event will continue till March 13, in which a footfall of 5 lakh devotees is expected.

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However, on the first day of the event on Thursday, the roads of Sehore were seen empty, implying a lesser-than-expected footfall.

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Traffic around the auto stands were also seen quite manageable.

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Similarly, fewer autos were found parked at the stand.

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Approximately, 70k to 1 lakh devotees reached the venue on first day of the event against 5 lakh expected footfall. However, all hotels are fully booked.

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Unlike last year, devotees, this time, had enough place to reside and perform their own puja rituals at the pandal.

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Unfortunately, on first day of the 'Katha,' on March 7 2024, a 65-year-old man lost his life at the Katha Pandal.

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One of the major reasons of the lesser footfall this year is believed to be the stampede-like situation in Kubreshwar Dham last year, when atleast 6 people had died.

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Last year, nearly 5 lakh devotees had gathered for the 7-day long Shiv Mahapuran Katha at Kubereshwar Dham. The ill-preparation by the temple committee and the district administration led to chaos here.

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