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The sacred nine-day festival of Navrataras began on a tragic note with 150 dead and over 200 injured in a stampede at the narrow tract to Chamunda Devi temple in the Mehrangarh Fort in the wee hours today.
The trouble was triggered by a rumour about a wall of the fort collapsing whereas it was only a railing separating men and women's queues that had fallen apart due to the rush.
Amid the false alarm, somebody shouted, "Bomb, run for your life". All hell broke loose.
The temple floors were slick with coconut milk as thousands of devotees broke coconuts as religious offerings, causing pilgrims to slip and fall as they scrambled to escape, said Ramesh Vyas, a pilgrim who was standing in line.
Deadly stampedes are a relatively common occurrence at temples in India, where large crowds — sometimes hundreds of thousands of people — congregate in small areas lacking facilities to control big gatherings.