Mathura: 2 devotees killed in stampede at Banke Bihari temple in Mathura on Janmashtami IG News

Mathura (August 20): An accident occurred during the Mangal Aarti held at the world famous Banke Bihari Temple on Krishna Janmashtami. Some devotees were suffocated due to the stampede, as a result of which two devotees died and 6 others were injured. The injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Vrindavan. One woman and one man are among the deceased. Police said that the situation was out of control after the accident but now the situation is normal. A large number of devotees from home and abroad have reached Mathura for Krishna Janmashtami.

It is said that this accident took place during Janmashtami’s Mangal Aarti. Mangal Aarti is the first aarti of the morning. This happens around 3-4 am. Preparations for ‘Mangal Darshan’ started after midnight at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. According to priest Gyanendra Kishore Goswami, ‚ÄúThis is the most auspicious ceremony of the temple, which is said to occur once a year.

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The accident happened because VIPs were given entry

According to eyewitnesses at the temple, more than 50 people were knocked unconscious during the stampede during the Mangal Aarti. According to SSP Abhishek Yadav, the incident took place due to overcrowding. The deceased were identified as Nirmala Devi, a resident of Noida and 65-year-old Ram Prasad Vishwakarma, a resident of Bhuleram Colony, Rukmani, Bihar, Vrindavan. identified as The temple servants alleged that the officials pressured the VIPs to give darshan first. Many police officers had brought their mothers. A Senior Police Officer of Mathura Refinery was also present along with 7 members of his family. VIP guests and family members are said to have been seen on the rooftop balcony. The upper gates are closed for security reasons. When there was a stampede, people scrambled to get out.

Devotees are being treated in various hospitals

When the accident happened in the temple, tight police presence was made including DM, SSP, Paurayukta. Immediately after the accident, police and private security personnel started clearing the fainting devotees from the temple. Devotees injured in the accident were sent to Vrindavan’s Rama Krishna Mission, Braj Health Care and Sou Shaya Hospital, where doctors declared two devotees dead.

Relatives who took the dead body without conducting the post-mortem examination

After the accident, the relatives reached the hospital and took away the dead bodies without conducting the post-mortem examination. After the accident, which took place around 1.55 pm, the SSP said the accident was due to excessive sporulation. At present the situation is under complete control and the injured are being treated.

Peak crowd in Mathura-Vrindavan

Radha Raman temple sees maximum crowd during Janmashtami. The Mahamastakabhisheka program of Krishna here lasted for more than three hours between Vedic chants. Cow’s milk, curd, honey, ghee and herbs are used for abhisheka, temple priest Dinesh Chandra Goswami said. Rakesh Tiwari, public relations officer of the temple, said that a large number of people worshiped at the Dwarkadhish temple during the Mahamastakabhisheka. Since morning, the devotees danced and danced in the temples playing Shehnai and Dhol.

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A large number of people offered prayers at Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul and Nandgaon temples, while thousands circumambulated the Govardhana Hill. District Collector Navneet Singh Chahal said that the district administration has made tight security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident. Kapil Sharma, Secretary of Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan said, ‘Today the country is celebrating the 5248th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna and devotees from all over the world are participating in religious rituals on this occasion. According to mythology, the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Krishna Janmasthan Temple is the birth place of Lord Krishna thousands of years ago, said a temple official.

He said that preparations were made for the Mahamastakabhisheka of Shri at Bhagwat Bhavan temple only at midnight. A cultural program was organized in the premises of Sri Krishna Janmasthan Temple. The eminent saint Gurusharananda Maharaj told devotees that absolute devotion and “bhakti” is the ideal way of attaining divine grace. “Charanamrita” (tribute) was also distributed among the devotees.

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