In India, Temple food is considered a blessing from God and is distributed free of cost to a large number of people. Temple food is considered holy and is usually made to match very high standards that have been set by age-old customs and traditions.
Temple kitchens are said to be some of the cleanest in the country but this shocking incident from Karnataka has raised a few questions regarding the mass distribution of food in temples across India.
After consuming religious food offerings at a temple in Karnataka, eleven people including two children have died and over 90 people have been hospitalised after falling sick. After the devotees fell sick, two people have been questioned by the police.
The devotees are still being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, food poisoning and respiratory diseases. The police suspect that the incident may have happened because of pesticide contamination in the food.
The organs of the dead devotees and the poisoned food have been sent to a forensic laboratory for investigation. Several cows and Dogs were also found dead after eating the food.
As per media reports, the Karnataka government will be providing financial assistance of Rs.5,00,000 to families of each of the dead.