From a Correspondent
TANGLA, Sept 30: The historical Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvajanik Durga-Shiva Mandir located on the outskirts of the town, which has been following the age-old ritual of sacrificing animals since its inception, marked the Asthami day with sacrifice of he-goats and buffaloes on Thursday.
Hundreds of devotees and visitors throng the temple premises every year to witness the ritual of animal sacrifice at the 500-year-old temple, a unique shrine of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. It is one of the ancient temples in the State and people visit it with great reverence for the prevailing myths and legends, especially on the day of Maha Asthami.
The enthusiasm and devotion of the believers is evident as seven water buffaloes and hundreds of he-goats and uncountable number of pigeons and ducks were brought for sacrificial offering to Goddess Durga by devotees from nooks and corners of the State.
“People irrespective of caste and community visit the temple every year. We had devotees from far-flung places like Joi, Bajali and Guwahati this year,” said president of Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvajanik Durga Utsav Committee, Manoj Swargiary. As per popular belief, the prayers and sacrificial offering for fulfillment of wishes never goes unswered in the historic temple.