TANGLA: The 476-year old Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvajanik Durga-Shiva Mandir located on the outskirts of Tangla town in Udalguri district has been following the age-old ritual of sacrificing animals since its inception. The temple marked Maha Asthami with a sacrifice of he-goats and buffaloes on Sunday.
Hundreds of devotees and visitors throng the temple premises every year to witness the ritual of animal sacrifice. It is a unique temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. 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 was evident as 10 water buffaloes and more than 600 he-goats and uncountable number of pigeons and ducks were brought for sacrificial offering to Goddess Durga by devotees from various parts of Assam.
“People irrespective of caste and community visit the temple every year. We had devotees from places like Nagaon, Tezpur and Guwahati this year,” said the president of Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvajanik Durga Utsav Committee, Santi Ram Rabha. “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,” he further added.
“I have come to offer a water buffalo to Goddess Durga to get rid of our miseries,” said Bipul Deka, an inhabitant of Naharbari in Darrang district. As per popular belief, the prayers and sacrificial offering for fulfilment of wishes never go unanswered in the historic temple.