The 500-year-old Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvajanik Durga-Shiva Mandir has prepped up to celebrate its 465th year of Durga Puja. Located at a remote place under Bhergaon Subdivision of Assam’s Udalguri district, the temple since it’s inception has been following the age-old ritual of sacrificing animals and the devotees are too undeterred with the petitions filed against animal cruelty.
To keep up the age-old tradition and mark the significance of Maha Asthami, as many as eleven buffaloes will be sacrificed this year. Hundreds of devotees and visitors throng the historic temple every year to seek blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga to witness the ritual of animal sacrifice.
“As per popular belief, the prayers never goes unanswered in this historic temple and hence, every year devotees visit the temple to seek blessings. During Durga Puja Ashtami, devotees bring water buffaloes, goats, pigeons and ducks for sacrificial offering to Goddess Durga from every nooks and corners of the State,” the President of the Puja committee said.
“The footfall increases every year. The animal sacrifice is up to the devotees, if they wish they can leave the animal or bird in the temple premises”, the President further added.