Kendrapada, Jun 15 (UNI)The age old practice of animal sacrifice in Ram chandi shakti cult in Srirampur village was finally stopped due to timely intervention of wildlife activists and the district administration.
Hundreds of animals were sacrificed before the shakti cult every year on the Raja Sankrati day today. But this year the wildlife activists made it a point to end traditional practice of animal sacrifice and succeeded.
Although Orissa High court had imposed a ban on annual ritual of sacrificing animals before the shakti cult, the practice was still prevalent in some Shakti cults in Kendrapada district due to strong faith on these cults by the god-fearing people.
Sacrificing goats was a tradition in Ramachandi pitha on the day of Raja Sakranti with devotees from all parts of Kendrapara district making a beeline to appease the deity. The district administration, remained a mute spectator in the face of strong protest from the people.
But this year wildlife activist Kishore Sahu and animal welfare officer Bijay Kabi urged the Tehsildar of Pattamundai and the Pattamundai police station to check the cruelty towards animal in the name of sacrificing it before the deity.
Wildlife activists led by Bijay Kabipaid visited to Srirampur village last week to create awareness among the people against the practice of animal sacrifice to propitiate the goddess Ramachandi.
As a result the Raja Sankranti was observed today in the shrine without any sacrifice of animal before the deity. The district administration had also deployed police force to put an end the animal sacrifice before the shrine.