was just searching for the news with the above topic (obiviously 10-15 years back) found out that internet had already reported this so many times. My query got 7,260 results from the google search here.
Interestingly, Wikipedia has also a page for it. (here)
The phenomenon was quite extra ordinary and queues outside the temples – all over the world ( not only India, due to Indian people got to know by TV, Radio, etc) were Historic!