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People trapped under debris after landslide at Kanaka Durga Temple

Panic ensued after boulders came rolling down, leading to a major landslide at the popular Kanaka Durga temple in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada last evening. Two people have been injured and several other devotees are feared trapped under the debris.
 
Relief teams have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway. According to initial reports, boulders rolled down off the Indrakeeladri hillock, hours ahead of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s visit to the shrine.
 
The hill shrine opened doors to devotees on October 17 to begin celebrations for the 10-day Dasara festival. Temple authorities said about 1,000 devotees were being allowed to enter the temple premises every hour. 
 
Chief Minister Jagan was expected to offer ‘pattu vastrams’ to the deity at the shrine atop Indrakeeladri hills in Vijayawada as the day held significance for ‘Moola Nakshatram’ where goddess Saraswathi is worshipped. 
 
Following the incident, the chief minister’s visit has been postponed. While the incident has shown how rains have damaged several parts of the state which still remain under water, many astrologers and priests have said that it could be a bad omen for the current Chief Minister in the days ahead as it happened just hours before his arrival at the temple. A bigger sign, perhaps? 
 

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