Stampede kills at least 27 people during Hindu religious bathing festival

TO GO WITH: India-religion-festival-Kumbh, ADVANCER by Aditya PHATAK (FILES) In this photograph taken on August 12, 2003, Indian Sadhus and devotees bathe in the dipping tank during the early hours of the morning during a ceremony at a holy ghat at Trimbakeshvara on the outskirts of Nashik, celebrating the Kumbh Mela. India's mass Hindu pilgrimage the Kumbh Mela officially starts in Maharashtra state on July 14, 2015,  with organisers desperate to avoid a repeat of a deadly stampede at the same venue 12 years ago. Thirty-nine pilgrims were trampled to death and more than 50 others injured when the religious festival was last held on the banks of the Godavari river at Nashik in 2003.   AFP PHOTO/Rob ELLIOTT/FILESROB ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images
TO GO WITH: India-religion-festival-Kumbh, ADVANCER by Aditya PHATAK
(FILES) In this photograph taken on August 12, 2003, Indian Sadhus and devotees bathe in the dipping tank during the early hours of the morning during a ceremony at a holy ghat at Trimbakeshvara on the outskirts of Nashik, celebrating the Kumbh Mela. India’s mass Hindu pilgrimage the Kumbh Mela officially starts in Maharashtra state on July 14, 2015, with organisers desperate to avoid a repeat of a deadly stampede at the same venue 12 years ago. Thirty-nine pilgrims were trampled to death and more than 50 others injured when the religious festival was last held on the banks of the Godavari river at Nashik in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Rob ELLIOTT/FILESROB ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images

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