Stampede at Khatu Shyam temple in Rajasthan: Three devotees killed, two injured
JAIPUR: Three women devotees were killed, and two others were injured in a stampede at Khatu Shyam temple in Sikar district of the state on Monday morning. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed condolences on the deaths.
According to the police, due to the Ekadashi on Monday which is considered auspicious for the visit to the Khatushyamji temple, a large number of pilgrims from all across Rajasthan and other states had gathered outside the temple since Sunday evening.
“A large number of people were waiting outside the temple premises gate, which is nearly 70 feet away from the main temple. As the gates were opened at 5.15am a stampede occurred in which three women were killed. Two others were also injured in the accident,” said Kunwar Rastradeep, superintendent of police, Sikar while talking to TOI.
Soon after the incident, a large number of policemen reached the spot. "The injured were rushed to the hospital where three women devotees were declared brought dead by the hospital authorities,” Rastradeep added.
Police said that the stampede occurred when the devotees suddenly started running towards the temple after gates were opened in the morning.
Police said that so far they have the update on the two injured and are collecting information on if others too were injured.
During the month of Shravan on every Ekdashi, many devotees gather for the fair of Lord Khatu Shyamji. According to an estimate, more than 1 lakh devotees had gathered outside the temple to offer prayers on Monday morning on the occasion of Ekadashi.
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We Indians are highly indisciplined ...even in places where there is a queue we tend to cut through .
Extremely unfortunate incident, may the soul of deceased persons rest in peace.
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Today, Rajasthan is the most mismanaged state in the country..No governance..inefficient police and administration..In this case, temple administration must be punished for this loss of lives of devotees..
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When heavy crowds of devotees were anticipated the government should have made adequate arrangements to send the people in proper queue system. Certainly it was due to complete failure of local administration and the Police Department for all the losses of lives and the injuries to devotees.
Management may take care from now onwards.
Dont know what is the hurry to do Darshan!! People cant wait for more time in queue??
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it is bad management of temple authorities. they keep the door closed for 3 hours in the afternoon and the poor devotees are made to wait in queue. because of this a lot of rush happen. I experience myself last week and I decided to not visit the temple because of poor management. they feel proud that 1 lakh devotees are standing for Darshan. this is ruthless by the temple management
Really sad, due to few people many people have to pay the price.
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When the temple is earning in high volume of donations then its total responsibility of management to handle the crowd.
Under CM Gehlot, the Rajasthan administration condition is changing from Bad to Worse.
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Why their imaginary stupid God did not save them?
THIS IS HAppening time and again. Why the government is so thick skinned that it does not want to correct and do build proper system and infrastructure
Darshan should be opened through out the day atleast on such auspicious days. One lakh gathered & it appears that there was no proper arrangement to control of crowd. Temple authorities are also responsible for this
Stampede occur with regular intervals all over country. Why effective crowd management doesn't exst? Why police personnel were not deployed for crowd management?
Government, police earn nothing from temples
It is the people who need to understand!! Police and Govt cant be everywhere to protect you.. atleast while standing in queue at a religious place.. people should understand this
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Sadly an eye Opener for all ...
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Sheer carelessness and lazy police of Rajasthan needs to be blamed for this trajedy.
Stupid people die in stupid manner nothing to lament on - so carry on with your life
Unfortunate, may temple management do the right analysis of the cause and take right steps to prevent anything like this in future...
Temples are like running businesses..