Advertisement
Sunday, Dec 05, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Animal, bird sacrifices in Assam during Durga Puja

Animal, bird sacrifices in Assam during Durga Puja
outlookindia.com
1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530
Animal, bird sacrifices in Assam during Durga Puja

Guwahati, Oct 7 (IANS) Hundreds of animals and birds were being sacrificed as part of Durga Puja rituals across Assam.

Most of the temples in Assam including the ancient Kamakhya temple here and the Burhi Gosani Durga temple in Rani, not only witnessed the sacrifice of birds and animals but of vegetables too in the last three days of the ongoing Durga Puja which will culminate on Tuesday.

While the ritual of sacrifice started on Saturday, it will continue till Monday. Tuesday marks the end of the Durga puja when the idols are immersed.

Pradip Mishra, a management committee member of the Burhi Gosani Durga temple, said: "There were 15 buffaloes, about 20 goats and an uncountable number of pigeons and ducks which were brought by the devotees for sacrifice on Sunday."

Mishra added that vegetables like bottle gourd were sacrificed in the temple.

"According to Hinduism, the worship of Devi Durga is associated with the sacrifice of animals. Goddess Durga is associated with ''shakti'' (power), which requires the offering of animal blood. The animal sacrifice is a tradition with Hinduism and it is done in our temple as part of the Vedic ritual," he added.

Chief of the Kamakhya Temple''s management authority, Bar Doloi Mohit Sharma, said: "Sacrifice of the animals are part of the ''Nitya puja'' (daily worship). When the devotees come forward to offer the animal for sacrifice we cannot stop them. It''s a right to practice religious traditions."

But PETA India CEO Manilal Villayete condemned the animal sacrifices in Assam and said that different high courts of the country have stated that animals must be considered as legal persons.

"There was a time when animals were sacrificed in India but at a time when India is eyeing lunar mission there is no point that an archaic act of the past is justified," he added.

--IANS

ah/ksk


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: IANS

More from Website

Ralf Rangnick Opens Manchester United Stint With 1-0 Win Over Crystal Palace

Ralf Rangnick Opens Manchester United Stint With 1-0 Win Over Crystal Palace

Ralf Rangnick was hired on Monday as the Manchester United manager until the end of the season but had to wait nearly a week before taking charge of his first game while he secured his work permit.

ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters Beat Odisha FC 2-1 To Record Season's First Win

ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters Beat Odisha FC 2-1 To Record Season's First Win

The win helped Kerala Blasters move to sixth place in the Indian Super League 2021-22 table with five points from four matches. Odisha FC are third six points after three matches. This was their first defeat.

SA Vs IND: India National Cricket Team Selection For South Africa Tour - Preview

SA Vs IND: India National Cricket Team Selection For South Africa Tour - Preview

Virat Kohli's ODI captaincy, Ishant Sharma's place in Test, and back-up for the No. 3 batting position will be up for discussion when the selectors meet to pick the squad for the South Africa tour.

More from Outlook Magazine

Diary | I Want To Fly: The Unrealised Dreams Of An Ex-Banker And Mother

Diary | I Want To Fly: The Unrealised Dreams Of An Ex-Banker And Mother

Kaveri Mishra, an ex-banker and a mother, turned into a full-time home-maker four years back. What holds her back every time she wants to return to her career?

India Needs Kabir Today More Than Any Other Time

India Needs Kabir Today More Than Any Other Time

The Mahindra Kabira Festival at Guleria Ghat in Varanasi was a gentle reminder of the Sufi saint’s centrality to India’s syncretism

Death Of Three Dalit Girls And A Story Of Pain And Humiliation

Death Of Three Dalit Girls And A Story Of Pain And Humiliation

Family from UP village forced to run around to complete post-death official paperwork and even last rites.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement