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Khatu Shyam Temple Stampede: 3 Women Killed in Rajasthan's Sikar, CM Gehlot Announces Ex-gratia

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Last Updated: August 08, 2022, 12:26 IST

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At least three devotees were killed on Monday following a stampede at Khatu Shyam temple in Rajasthan's Sikar. (ANI)

At least three devotees were killed on Monday following a stampede at Khatu Shyam temple in Rajasthan's Sikar. (ANI)

Khatu Shyam Stampede: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condoled the deaths and announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for kin of those killed

At least three devotees were killed on Monday following a stampede at Khatu Shyam temple in Rajasthan’s Sikar. A stampede-like situation was created around 4:30 am when the doors of the temple opened and the crowd unexpectedly swelled in the wee hours. Of the three deceased women, one has been identified.

Besides the three deceased, several have been wounded. The injured are undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital. The police arrived at the spot as soon as it received the input, and began the relief work.

The devotees from Rajasthan and neighbouring states had been waiting at the temple premises in several queues to seek ‘darshan’ on the occasion of ‘Gyaras’, an auspicious day as per Hindu calendar. As the doors opened at around 4.30 am, they began rushing in, police said. In one of the queues, a 63-year-old woman with a history of heart ailment collapsed. Two women behind her, too, fell down due to the rush. They died in the stampede, Superintendent of Police K Rashtradeep said.

SHO at Khatu Shyam Ji police station Riya Chaudhary identified the 63-year-old deceased as Shanti Devi. Panic set as she collapsed, the official said. Shanti Devi’s brother Mangat Ram told reporters, “The stampede occurred as soon as the temple was opened for prayers. Somehow, we managed to escape. My sister was old, she got stuck and died. Others from my family sustained injuries.” The family had arrived from Hisar in Haryana.

Shanti Devi’s daughter Poonam said some other family members, including girls, too fell in the stampede but they managed to escape. “We were all standing together in the queue when we felt a sudden push from behind and all of us fell. My mother died,” she said with tears in her eyes.

Expressing his anguish, Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at the Khatu Shyamji Temple complex in Sikar, Rajasthan. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest.” Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, too, expressed his grief. “Death of three women due to stampede in Khatu Shyam Ji in Sikar is very sad and unfortunate. My deepest condolences are with the bereaved family members,” he tweeted in Hindi.

Former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, BJP state president Satish Poonia and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje were among the other leaders who condoled the deaths. Poonia demanded the state government to release compensation for the kin of those killed and injured.

Raje demanded an investigation into the incident and action against the guilty so that such incidents do not recur. CCTV footage is being examined for better clarity on the incident, the SP said, adding efforts are being made to identify the two other deceased.

The revered Khatu Shyam temple is located in Sikar district of Shekhawati in Rajasthan. Every year thousands of devotees from across the world arrive here for the darshan of Shyam Baba.

According to local reports, Shyam Baba (Veer Barbarik) is the son of Dvapara Yuga Bhimsen and Naag Kanya Ahilawati (daughter of Basak/Basuki Naag).

Khatushyamji is considered to be the God of the Kali Yuga who shall perform incarnation (10th incarnation of Lord Vishnu) or an avatar, once the Kali Yuga is at its final stage, until then he was worshipped as Khatu Shyamji. Shyamji is synonymous with Krishna and thus, he is worshipped in the same form.

(With inputs from PTI)

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first published:August 08, 2022, 08:21 IST
last updated:August 08, 2022, 12:26 IST