India, March 25 -- At least 14 persons, including a priest, were injured in a fire that broke out in the sanctum sanctorum of Ujjain's Mahakaleshwar temple during Holi on Monday morning, police said.

The condition of nine is said to be critical. They have been referred to Indore. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered in the matter.

At the time of the accident, thousands of devotees were celebrating Holi inside the temple.

Ujjain superintendent of police Pradeep Sharma said, "One of the injured said that someone threw gulaal on priest Sanjeev from behind while he was performing the aarti. The gulaal fell on the lamp. It is believed that there was some chemical in the gulaal which caused the fire." The matter is being probed.