Police say a stampede at a Hindu religious festival attended by tens of thousands of people in eastern India has left two women dead.

Press Trust of India news agency, citing local police, said another 10 people were injured in the melee at the Rath Yatra, or Chariot Festival, on Saturday in the temple town of Puri in Orissa state.

Police said the crowd swelled and surged toward a chariot being carried in a procession, according to PTI.

It said two of the injured were in critical condition in a hospital.

Deadly stampedes are fairly common during Indian religious festivals, where large crowds gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures. On Tuesday, 27 people were killed at a stampede at a Hindu festival in southern India.