"Praying for the departed souls and well being of the injured. I have asked the government to ensure ample and immediate relief measures," Sonia Gandhi said.

Rahul Gandhi said he had spoken to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and urged him to ensure adequate relief, medical care and assistance to the injured.

"News of devastating fire at Puttingal temple in Kollam ... is extremely shocking. My prayers are with the families of those who've lost loved ones in this tragedy," he said in a tweet.

The tragedy occurred early this morning when a fireworks display caused a blaze at the temple in the coastal town of Paravur, about 60 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

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