During my trip to India (June 2008) 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.