“Chhattar Jatara” a traditional festival celebrated by people of Kalahandi, Odisha today. More than 50000 animal are sacrificed today during Bijaya Yatra of the festival. Nearly 1 lakh people take part in the procession of Maa Manikeswari. The Goddess is taken in a procession from Jena Khal after Sundhi Puja to Bhawanipatna with rhythmic beats of nisan and ghanta and dancers performing Ghumra. Devotees line up along the road for glimpse of the Goddess, believing that they will get rid of out vices and diseases by sacrificing animal.
May the grace of the Divine Mother be with all. Happy Chhattar Jatara of Divine Mother Manikeswari.
PC Mr Acharya Hrushikesh Mishra