700 people were dead in temple stampedes in past 8 years. On March 4, 2010, at least 63 devotees were killed and hundreds were injured. PTI News published an article about the total deaths occurred during temple stampedes in past 8 years.
Temple stampedes claimed 700 lives in 8 years:
Stampedes at temples and other religious places in India have claimed nearly 700 lives in the past eight years.
At least 63 people were killed and 15 injured today when a gate at Kripalu Maharaj’s ashram at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh collapsed during distribution of food on the occasion of a ritual, for which nearly 10,000 people had converged.
On September 30, 2008, nearly 150 devotees were killed and over 60 injured in a stampede at Chamunda Devi temple in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur city.
The incident took place when there was a rumour of a bomb going off. More than 10,000 people had turned up at the famous temple for a darshan of the Hindu goddess.
Such a tragedy at the Hindu temple of Naina Devi in Himachal Pradesh on August 3, 2008 had claimed nearly 150 people, mainly women and children, and injured about 230.