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Naina Devi Temple Tragedy – one more addition to the long list of Temple Stampedes

In a temple tragedy on Sunday at the famous Naina Devi temple in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh more than 145 pilgrims have died in a stampede triggered by rumors of a landslide.Himachal Pradesh officials confirm that at least 145 devotees have died, majority of those dead were children and women. Many more have been injured in the incident.In spite of heavy rains, an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 pilgrims had gathered at the popular NainaDeviTemple on Punjab – Himachal Pradesh border to offer prayers on the occasion of Sawan Navratri, a nine-day religious festival involving fasting dedicated to Goddess Durga. Shravan month (July – August) is considered highly auspicious throughout North India and millions of Hindus visit various Hindu shrines. Temples in India have witnessed numerous stampedes, the very latest during Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, when 8 were killed, and most worst in recent history in 2005, about 265 pilgrims were killed at a stampede near WaiTemple in Maharashtra.G…

Kabir Das Sayings

O friend, hope for Him whilst you live, understand whilst you live; for in life deliverance abides.
If your bonds are not broken, whilst living, what hope of deliverance in death?
It is but an empty dream that the soul shall have union with Him because it has passed from the body;
If He is found now, He is found then;
If not, we do but go to dwell in the city of Death.
Sant Kabir(English Translation by Rabindranath Tagore.)