Kullu Dussehra ends without animal sacrifice

Himachal Pradesh HC last month had imposed a ban on animal sacrifices at temples, religious fairs and festivals.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Kullu | Updated: October 9, 2014 6:35 pm
To avert any untoward situation, the administration had made massive deployment of the police force at the Dhalpur maidan. (Source: AP photo) To avert any untoward situation, the administration had made massive deployment of the police force at the Dhalpur maidan. (Source: Express photo by Lalit Kumar)

In a major departure from an age-old tradition, no animal sacrifice was made at the famous Kullu Dussehra at the end of the week-long religious festival, involving congregation of hundreds of deities at Dhalpur ground.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court last month had imposed a ban on animal sacrifices at temples, religious fairs and festivals in the state and had issued directions to all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to enforce the order strictly.

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To avert any untoward situation, the administration had made massive deployment of the police force at the Dhalpur maidan.

Dev Samaj, a body of caretakers of local deities, had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court but did not get any relief as the case came up for hearing on Wednesday leaving no option for the oracles and caretakers to abide by the HC order.

Deputy Commissioner of Kullu Rakesh Kanwar told The Indian Express that awareness created by the local administration through hoardings, posters and pamphlets apart from meetings with Maheshwar Singh – erstwhile Raja of Kullu who is also the head caretaker of Lord Rangunath ji (presiding deity) – and other representative of the deities helped to handle the situation.

“No violation of the High Court happened at the venue which is marked for the animal sacrifice. I thank the representatives of deities particularly the royal family of Kullu for cooperation,” said Kanwar.

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