A screen grab from a video shows a packed crowd at the shrine on January 1.
CNN  — 

A stampede at one of India’s holiest shrines left at least 12 people dead on New Year’s Day, a local official said.

Thousands of devotees were at the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu, northern India when the stampede happened around 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday.

Another 16 people were injured and have been hospitalized, said Deputy Commissioner of Reasi Charandeep Singh.

A screengrab shows a packed crowd at the shrine on Saturday.

The cause of the stampede has not yet been established. A high level inquiry has been ordered by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha.

Tens of thousands of Indians visit the shrine on a daily basis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon.”