More than a dozen people were also injured in Thanjavur district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu when a vehicle, a 9-foot (2.7-meter) high structure in the shape of a chariot, was pulled by worshipers. High voltage lines.
“I hope the injured will recover soon,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, offering condolences to the bereaved.
Some of the injured were injured by falling after the electric shock, and others, who fled to escape the flames, when they jumped out of the chariot, which contained idols of Hindu deities in addition to the devotees.
The chariot, which was returning to a nearby temple, was reduced to rubble.
Fire engines and local personnel joined the rescue operation.