PATNA, India (November 19, 2012)--At least 14 people were killed in a stampede during a religious festival in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, police said.
Police Superintendent Jayant Kant said the stampede occurred late Monday when crowds of Hindu devotees were offering prayers on the banks of the Ganges River in Patna, the state capital.
He said the stampede began after a power outage that sparked panic as crowds filled a makeshift walkway leading from the riverbank into the Ganges.
Hundreds of worshippers had gathered along the bank of the river to offer prayers to the sun god during Monday's Chath festival.
Deadly stampedes are fairly common during India's often-chaotic religious festivals, which regularly include tens of thousands of worshippers.