08 January 2019
Bolangir: The age-old blood-spattered tradition of tribals sacrificing animals on the auspicious occasion of Sulia Jatra made a comeback in Bolangir, despite of the ban imposed on animal sacrifice by Orissa High Court and the district administration’s repeated attempts to dissuade the tribals from the practice.
On Tuesday of pious Hindu month of Pausa, the Sulia Jatra is observed as one of the major festivals of tribals in western Odisha. The previous evening, Lord Shiva is worshipped first in Nisi Puja and next early morning, animal sacrifice is performed during the festival.
Khairguda is the chief citadel of the celebration where at the altar of Sulia Budha, the presiding deity, is situated. The ritual started in the morning hour. Thousands of tribals offered animals like goats, buffaloes, fowls, etc here for sacrifice and it was a day-long affair observed by the tribals of Khairguda and Kumuria villages under Deogaon block of the district.
Animals were sacrificed during Sulia Yatra in the presence of 4 Magistrates, 1 DSP and 5 platoons of police present at the spot. Even though district administration had launched a massive campaign among the tribals, the superstitious practice remained on-going. Meanwhile, the administration has also stated that stringent action will be taken if the High Court’s order is violated during Sulia Yatra on January 8.