India's safest temples - The New Indian Express

India's safest temples

Published: 20th October 2013 12:00 AM

Last Updated: 20th October 2013 09:54 AM

Many of India’s temple tragedies have been attributed to poor crowd management on the part of the local authorities. The New Sunday Express picked 20 important temples where these incidents have not been heard of. Our bureaus checked these places of worship for their preparedness, but we have featured only 12 of them here. Temples such as Akshardham (Ahmedabad), Sreenathji, Nathdwara (Rajasthan), Vaidyanath (Deoghar, Jharkhand), Ramantha Swamy, Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), Srikrishna, Udupi (Karnataka), Padmanabhaswamy (Thiruvananthapuram), Sri Ranganathaswamy, Srirangam (Tamil Nadu) and Kalighat Kali (Kolkata) appear to have their effective crowd management apparatus in place.

Experts are of the opinion that the temples have to make sure that the infrastructure (roads, corridors, open spaces, entrances and exits) is suitable for the mass gathering. It should be checked if there is enough capacity and there are no bottlenecks.

Besides, a good crowd management plan, which includes monitoring, scheduling and control, must be followed. The preparedness, according to experts, must include good contingency plans (e.g. evacuation) in case anything goes wrong. They advise to make use of modern technology to be able to take action in case the event does not unfold according to plan. God willing.

Golden Temple, Amritsar

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

The temple is situated on the top of the Nilachal Hill at about 800 feet above the sea level...more

Somnath Temple, Gujarat

The temple is mentioned in the Shiva Purana as one of the 12 Jyotirlingams.... more

Meenakshi Amman Temple Madurai, Tamil Nadu

The deities are Sundareswarar and Meenakshi; in euphonic Tamil, she is also called Angayarkanni. There is a belief among the people in Madurai that without the blessings of Meenakshi, they can’t achieve success in life...more

Akshardham temple, Delhi

The marvellous combination of pink sandstone and white marble spread over 100 acres on the banks of the river Yamuna gives a magnificent look to the 141 ft high and 316 ft wide main monument....more


Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar


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Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

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Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple, Kerala

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Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Shirdi, Maharashtra


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SiddhiVinayak Temple, Mumbai


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Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu and Kashmir


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