Kendrapara, June 15 (LocalWire): On the second day of Raja festival today, around 130 animals were sacrificed at Ramachandi temple in Srirampur village in Kendrapara district.
Villagers sacrificed animals from Friday midnight to follow the ritual on Raja Sankranti day.
Many sacrificial goats and lambs were lined up near the temples for slaughter. Some devotees also garlanded the animals before the sacrifice and then anointed themselves with the blood of the animals.
Devotees had to pay Rs 500 to the managing committee of the temple for the sacrifice, Alekha Panda, one of the priests of the temple said.
‘The Goddess needs blood on Raja Sankranti to grant the wishes of the devotees.
People worship Mother Earth during the three day-long Raja festival which began on Friday as they believe earth menstruates before the arrival of monsoons.
Many farmers sacrifice animals to get good yield,’ added the priest.
‘My son got a job in a private company in Mumbai this year and I sacrificed a goat as the Goddess fulfilled my wish,’ said Dhirendra Mallick of Srirampur village.
Some animal rights activists tried to oppose the sacrifice but many persons justified the animal sacrifice as it is not illegal.
‘The Supreme Court in 2015 had refused to interfere with religious practices and stated that the judiciary could not stop centuries-old traditions of sacrificing animals.
The Apex Court further stated in its order that the court has to balance between the law and religious practices. Animal sacrifice is a sensitive matter better dealt by the representatives of the people in the appropriate forums.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act also carves out exception for animal sacrifices carried out for religious purposes,’ said Biranchi Narayan Das the sarpanch of Srirampur gram panchayat.