“No person including the State shall be allowed to sacrifice any animal/bird within the precincts of any of the temples within the State of Tripura”-Tripura High Court

These are the words said by the Tripura HC this festive season, as it bans the sacrifice of an animal in the state entirely. For the first time in 525 years, Durga Bari temple in Agartala is barred from sacrificing animals and birds for Durga Puja despite being the age-old custom of the place. After hearing a PIL (public interest litigation), a division bench of Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh pronounced the above order.

Well, few might still be against the order, but this is the need of the hour now. India is a diverse country with festivals coming up every now and then. But these religious beliefs of humans should not harm the other living creatures of nature.

Sacrifice, which means ‘Bali’ in the ancient language itself is cringeworthy. And certainly, the satisfaction of the unseen is not linked with a sacrifice of the innocent livings. It is believed that animal sacrifice and Hinduism goes parallelly. Hindu gods and goddesses do want animal and bird sacrifices, as mentioned in many mythological books.

Sacrifices are related to Shaktism, rooting to tribes mainly. The Kalika Puran has a mention of such rituals of the killing of goats, ox, elephants, birds, etc. Although this is not a compulsory rite, yet it still prevails in this 21st century in India in the name of religion. Vedas thoroughly explains the sacrifice of animals, like in the Yajurveda castrated ox to Varuna, white goats are sacrifices to Vayu, a speckled ox to Savitri, calf to Saraswati, bull to Indra. Likewise in the Savaniya sacrifices were offered throughout the day of offering to Agni. These are the few mentions of animal sacrifice; however, there is even evidence from the Vedas that do not brace such cruel and violent sacrifices.

Thousands of innocent animals are being slaughtered yearly just to please God, who is known to be the creature of all the living beings. When Hinduism truly spreads the note of how sinful is killing of innocent beings, yet few of those blindly follows such rituals for their benefits. But what benefit will one obtain from such reckless killing of animals? Well, the answer to the question is controversial as we Indians not only follow our religious beliefs absurdly but also hate changes in it. Though changes sometimes can be beneficial to mankind yet we are afraid because this might somehow hurt the ego of few men from the upper class.

India and Hinduism for its assorted culture and traditions attract believers from different countries, as for many, they find inner peace in the religion. There should be a law to take control of animal sacrifice in India. Be it Durga Puja, Kali Puja or Gadhimai festival (sacrificial ceremony of Nepal), sacrifices should be banned, and more commendable steps should be made like that of the Tripura HC. Killings no way are acceptable both for God and humanity. Instead lets us conserve them for the future generation, otherwise, the coming generation will have to visit museums to experience what could be the feeling of having elephants or goats in the real world.

Let us donate for the almost extinct creatures, and make the world a better place to live in.