Balangir, Jan 19: The holy site of the Sulia Yatra is set to have a blood bath as hundreds of pet birds and animals are going to be sacrificed at the presiding deity Sulia Budha in Bolangir district.
The Sulia Yatra will begin this morning with killing of a white hen and a white goat first. Subsequently, hundreds of Manasikadhraris (devotees) from Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal will offer hens and goats to fulfill their promises against benefits received by them by the grace of the deity.
As such, hundreds of pet animals are going to be sacrificed today.
Notably, Sulia Jatra is being celebrated for hundreds of years. It takes place on the second Tuesday of the month of Pausha.
Sulia Jatra is named after the god Sulia of tribal communities. The place is surrounded by nature. The animal sacrifice is a long tradition of the Kandha tribes.
They believe that offering of blood will bring success and prosperity to the community.