Slaughter of 300 goats and countless chickens at the Arulmigu Sri Mahabathrakaliyam Kovil on 25th August 2010.
It should be noted that this can’t merely be considered an act of Hindu devotion. For one, there are many sects of Hinduism and this is one sect of Kali worshippers and for another there were a considerable number of Sinhalese Buddhists who were partaking in the slaughter ritual inside the kovil as well. This is more a social or cultural practice than a religious one.
The Arulmigu Sri Mahabathrakaliyam Kovil, not to be mistaken for its neighbour, the Shivan Kovil where thousands flock on pilgrimage. The Shivan Kovil and the ACHC have condemned the act of annual sacrifice
The Peaceful Protest – A group of monks, animal rights activists and concerned citizens demonstrated a peaceful protest on the next lane to the kovil as they were not allowed any closer, being threatened by riot police who turned a blind eye to the violence going on inside
Through the barricades – A young boy takes a chicken into the kovil passed the police barricades. Most parents opted to let their children take the animals into the kovil in the hope that the goddess would look kindly upon them
What are we teaching our children? – This lady gets her son to carry a heavy bag of sacrificial food with her into the kovil