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October 17th, 2010
06:54 PM ET

10 killed in stampede at Indian temple

At least 10 people were killed and as many others injured in a stampede that broke out during a ritual at a Durga temple in Bihar, India, the nation's official Doordarshan news agency reported Sunday via the Indian government's website.

The stampede broke out Saturday night, the news agency said, at the temple in Bihar's Banka district during the "Navrati" festival, one of the most celebrated festivals of the Hindu calendar.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Hinduism • India

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. GSA

    I am Canadian and of Indian background (i'm Sikh not not Hindu though)and let me tell you that goat curry is awesome, YUMMY! Especially with some roti and dhahee.
    David Johnson....you are my new god.....of blog hilarity, keep up the good work.
    Serious question though, where were the men who stare at goats when all this took place?

    October 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  2. Matthew M

    Dead goats can do this?

    October 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
    • David Johnson

      With god(s) ALL things are possible.

      October 18, 2010 at 9:29 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Matthew M

      You asked, "Dead goats can do this?"

      Ummm...Look what a dead Jesus caused. At least you can eat the goat.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @David Johnson

      The Catholics engaging in Communion would disagree...! 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 4:26 am |
  3. Lemmings, they're what's for dinner.

    Another stampede that kills event-goers. And over a really dead goat! Why couldn't they have foreseen this possibility when setting up the event?

    October 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  4. TheRationale

    Yes let's sacrifice goats because that's such a brilliant thing to do.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  5. David Johnson

    If this had happened at a Christian function, we would be reading a blog about 44,990 people being saved from death! The hand of god has performed yet another miracle.

    Atheists can't see the miracle, because they are blind to the truth! Did Jesus not supply us with T-shirts? Well he sort of did. Well actually they were 2 for $7.00 at the concession stand.

    October 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  6. Raison

    "Herd instinct" or "mob psychology" is a terrible thing so often, that I can only try to prod people into having more self-control while thinking about the consequences of their actions.
    Religion does not help much, as any delusion will do if you want to start a stampede...

    October 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
    • Frank

      I don't think religion has much to do with this. It happens at sports events and concerts way more. I honestly believe this is just a crowd safety matter.

      October 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  7. Frank

    45,000 people? Was this temple open air or an arena? They need better crowd control. Same as any other high attendence function. I'm tired of hearing about these stampedes in India. CROWD CONTROL, PEOPLE.

    October 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  8. David Johnson

    From the article:
    "More than 45,000 devotees were at the temple to offer prayers and sacrifice goats when the stampede occurred, officials told Doordarshan. A portion of the sacrificed goat's body fell on some people, creating a scare that led to the stampede, according to the report."

    What further proof could we need, the god of Abraham rules! Do you think that goat fell on those people by accident? No, brothers! The Christian god, kicked that goat over! He kicked it over with his mighty foot!

    This was the godly equivalent to kicking sand in the face of the Hindu god(s)!

    Oh, my fellow fundies! The proof is there for the picking!

    October 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
    • Raison

      @David Johnson

      You make me laugh so often, I don't know how to express my appreciation to my satisfaction. I hope we can get together and party someday, along with the other wonderful people who post here. 😀 Cheers!

      October 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
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