Bhawanipatna: Defying restrictions imposed by local administration, devotees sacrificed animals during Chhatar Jatra of Goddess Manikeswari here in Odisha’s Kalahandi district today.
The ceremonial Chhatar of Goddess Manikeswari was taken out to the Jena Khala on the outskirts of the town from Manikeswari temple this morning. After performance of secret rituals, the Chhatar was taken out in a procession. The return journey of the Chhatar to the temple is known as Chhatar Jatra.
During the ceremony, thousands of devotees resort to animal sacrifice every year with a belief of fulfilment of their wishes.