During my trip to India to
explore the monsoon season I took a side venture to the town
of Puri which is the site of the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra
festival. The huge crowd was made up of about 500,000 Hindu devotees
and believe it or not, this is half the number of previous years.
Many people were unable to reach Puri due to washed out railway
tracks as a result of the monsoon rains. Despite the lower numbers
than usual, this year's celebration took a tragic turn when 6
people were killed during a stampede in the crowd. I was up above
on a rooftop, watching the entire event unfold.
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