Deaths in Hindu festival stampede

Six people die and 20 others injured during religious procession in eastern India.

    Puri's chariot festival attracts nearly
    a million devotees annually [EPA] 

    About one million people were in Puri on Friday to attend the opening day of the week-long annual chariot festival, authorities said.

    Three Hindu deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra, are taken out of the temple and then transported in colourfully-decked chariots to anotther nearby temple for a week's stay.

    Pilgrims jostle with each other to pull the chariots, considering it to be a holy task.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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