At least 150 people are feared dead in a stampede at the Naina Devi Temple in Chandigarh, India. The temple, which is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, was a focus for pilgrims celebrating the festival of Shravan Navratas.
Various media sources have suggested that the cause of the sudden stampede was due to heavy rain fall and rumours of a landslide. These rumours are said to have escalated from eyewitness testimony of falling stones, thus causing panic amongst the devotees. The Times has also pointed to the size and location of the temple, indicating it may have simply become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of visitors, placing pressure on the infrastructure. See full story here.
Although it has been recognised that stampedes such as the one described are perceived as almost commonplace, the sheer numbers of lives lost, make this a highly emotive challenge to faith.
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