The disaster is about 3 p.m. The local venue (Friday at 11:30 p.m. Lithuania) took place at the Vaishn Deva Temple in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir, one of the most respected places for Hindus.
“It simply came to our notice then. It was difficult to see where each other’s legs or arms were intertwined, “Ravinder, a witness to the incident, told AFP by telephone from the scene.
“When an ambulance arrived about half an hour later, I helped carry out eight bodies. “I’m glad I’m alive, but I still have memories of what I saw,” he added.
One official said the congestion was caused by people rushing to special New Year’s services, but others did not confirm this.
There are millions of temples in Indian cities, towns and villages where the majority of the population is Hindu. They are also built in remote locations in the Himalayas and the southern jungle.
Some are crucial centers of attraction for worshipers. The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invested heavily in infrastructure to make such places more accessible.
About 100,000 every day before the pandemic. believers climbed a steep winding path to the narrow cave where the Vaishn Deva Shrine is located. It worships one of the manifestations of the Hindu Mother of Goddess.
Authorities have limited the number of people admitted to the shrine per day to 25,000, but witnesses to the disaster and media reports said there could have been several times more worshipers there.