Tamil Nadu: Four women killed in stampede during free saree token distribution
Tamil Nadu stampede news: Four women were killed in a stampede where several people had gathered to receive tokens for the collection of free 'Veshtis' (white dhotis) and sarees being distributed by some person on the occasion of Thaipusam in Tiruppattur's Vaniyambadi on Wednesday.
Tamil Nadu | Four women died in a stampede where many people had gathered to receive tokens for the collection of free 'Veshtis' and sarees being distributed by an individual on the occasion of Thaipusam in Tiruppattur's Vaniyambadi today: Thirupathur Police officials
— ANI (@ANI) February 4, 2023
The Tamil community celebrates Thaipusam festival with much fanfare. It is the birth anniversary of Lord Murugan. Lord Murugan is Kartikeya, the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that on this day Goddess Parvati ordered Lord Murugan to kill demon Tarakasura and his army. After which Lord Kartikeya killed Tarakasura.
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Thaipusam is celebrated in many places in South India, but in Tamil Nadu, it's considered a major festival.
As per information, to mark the occasion, a person was distributing tokens for the collection of free 'Veshtis' (white dhotis) and sarees. However, it lead to a stampede, which left four women dead.
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- With inputs from agencies