Much to the dismay of animal lovers, killing of hundreds of animals once again continued at the Sulia Yatra at Khairguda village in the district this year on Tuesday. Buffaloes, sheep, goats, hens and birds were sacrificed by the tribal devotees.
Notably, to propitiate the presiding deity, the devotees throng the Khairguda village of Kultapada panchayat under the Tusura police station of the district on the second Tuesday of Pousa month every year with hens and goats for sacrifice.
The devotees believe that offering blood of animals and birds to Sulia, their traditional deity, brings good harvest resulting in prosperity and happiness to their families and the community as a whole, said a tribal leader Satyanaryan Bhoi.
“This year as the administration has put on no restrictions on killing of animals, people and devotees from the district and outside offered hens, goat, sheep and even buffaloes to the Goddess,” added Bhoi.
“We were suffering from various diseases. We prayed to goddess Sulia and recovered from it and hence I am taking a buffalo to offer it to the Goddess, said a devotee J Meher of Athagaon village.
“Five platoons of police were deployed to maintain land order at Sulia Yatra. Moreover, we are also took steps to curb the incident of pick pocketing and other untoward incidents during the occasion,” said Balangir SDPO KS Naik.