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Hundreds of animals sacrificed at ‘Chhatar Jatra’ in Kalahandi

3/10/2022 at 9:28 AM

‘Chhatar Jatra’ in Kalahandi

Bhawanipatna, Oct 3: Despite restrictions imposed by the district administration, hundreds of animals were sacrificed by the devotees on the occasion of ‘Chhatar Jatra’ of Goddess Manikeswari in Bhawanipatna of Kalahandi district.

Sources said, a large number of devotees from various parts of the district thronged the temple in the midnight and took part in the ‘Mundabasa’ ritual of Goddess Manikeswari which is observed every year on Shukla Pakhya Astami Tithi in the Odia month of Ashwina.

The Chhatar of Goddess Manikeswari was taken out to the Jena Khala on the outskirts of the town from Manikeswari temple. After the act of secret worship of the Goddess Manikeswari, the Chhatar was brought back in a large procession to the temple.

According to the rituals, the devotees sacrifice animals and birds every year for fulfillment of their wishes. Elaborate security arrangements and 20 platoons of police force were also deployed for the smooth conduct of the festival.

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