Sulia Jatra commences amid animal sacrifice in Odisha

Around four platoons of police force were deployed to maintain law and order in the area. SDPO Tofan Bag supervised the security arrangements.

Published: 28th December 2022 11:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th December 2022 11:04 AM   |  A+A-

Sulia Jatra

The crowd of devotees during Sulia Jatra on Tuesday | Express

By Express News Service

BALANGIR:  Sulia Jatra, a major tribal festival of western Odisha, was celebrated in Khairguda and Kumuria villages here on Tuesday amid the mass sacrifice of animals. On the day, tribals marched in a procession to Bada Khala in Khairguda and Sana Khala in Kumuria to perform the ritualistic sacrifice of hens and goats.

More than 20,000 devotees from Balangir, Nuapada, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Boudh, Phulbani and other places joined the festival. Many of them offered sacrifices to the deity.

Around four platoons of the police force were deployed to maintain law and order in the area. SDPO Tofan Bag supervised the security arrangements. This year, the 500-year-old tradition was also observed at Siletmunda and Kumunde in Sonepur besides Mirdhapali and Hirlimal in Balangir.

The Jatra, celebrated among eight sub-castes of the Kondh tribe, takes place on the second Tuesday of the month of ‘Pausa’. The locals believe that offering the blood of animals to their presiding deity Sulia would bring good harvest and prosperity to the community.

Among others Balangir MLA Narasingha Mishra, Kantamal legislator Mahidhar Rana, former MLA of Saintala Surendra Singh Bhoi, Deogaon block chairperson Dayanidhi Khamari and Balangir sub-collector K Nagabhusan were present. 

Earlier a tussle had broken out between the district administration and Zilla Adivasi Sangh following the Orissa High Court order to abolish the practice of animal sacrifice during the festival. However, the Supreme Court in its verdict allowed the practice in order to respect tribal culture and tradition.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp