Despite widespread protest against animal sacrifice in the name of religion, animal slaughter went unabated at various shrines of Assam during the last four days of the Durga Puja. Hundreds of animals and birds were sacrificed in temples including Kamakhya Temple as part of Durga Puja rituals across Assam.
Nearly forty buffaloes were sacrificed at the 500-year-old Billeswar Devalaya in Belshor on the ninth day of Devipaksha. On the other hand, hundreds thronged the historic Tukreswari Devalaya to witness the age-old ritual of animal sacrifice.
As per reports, around five buffaloes were slaughtered at the Shaktipeeth Maa Bagheshwari Temple in Bongaigaon. A sword installed in a throne (Aasan) is worshipped in the temple.
Buffalo sacrifice on the day of Maha Navami is an age-old tradition and ritual in the Bagheshwari temple. The ritual sacrifices have been made since the era of Raj Estate Jamindari of Bijni. Thousands of devotees throng the temple to behold the sight of ritual sacrifice.
In Tezpur also, devotees made a beeline to offer animals for sacrifice. Two buffaloes and hundred goats were sacrificed at the Sarbajanin Durga Puja organized in Lokhra.
As many as ten buffaloes and one thousand goats were sacrificed this year at the 476-year-old, Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvajanik Durga-Shiva Mandir in Assam’s Udalguri. Hundreds of devotees and visitors visited the historic temple every year to seek blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga to witness the ritual of animal sacrifice.
Vegetable like bottle guard and pigeons were also sacrificed as part of Durga Puja rituals in various temples across the state.
Inputs: Prashanta Ray (Bongaigaon), Amal Nath (Tezpur), Hirak Deka (Nalbari) and Monzur Bhuyan (Goalpara), Deepak Deka (Udalguri)