After the animals were sacrificed, the priests and participants of the sacrifice consumed the meat cooked in the fire.

Brahmins of Karnatakas Sanskrit village sacrifice animals for the good of the worldImage: Screenshot from the video
news Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 13:46

A section of people in Karnataka’s Sanskrit village Mattur organized a six-day yaga in which eight goats were sacrificed.

According to a report in Kannada daily Prajavani, a section of villagers organized the ‘Soma Yaga’ for the ‘good of the world’ between April 22 and 26. The yaga was organized in Srikantapura, which is on the outskirts of Mattur in Shivamogga taluk, by a group of Sankethi Brahmins.

The organizer, Dr Sanathkumar, told Prajavani: “I don’t want to issue any statement. I am not the spokesperson of the community. The discussion on the issue is unwarranted.”

After the animals were sacrificed, the priests and participants of the sacrifice consumed the meat cooked in the fire.

The Sankethi Brahmins are a sect which believes in the Advaita philosophy and in animal sacrifice. However, most of the villagers were opposed to the animal sacrifice, Prajavani reported.

As many as 17 priests from different parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh conducted the yaga day and night without a break.

A resident of the village whom The News Minute contacted declined to speak. “Speak to the organizers,” he said. The other villagers TNM spoke to also denied to comment on the incident.

Mattur village is known across the world as the only village in which Sanskrit is a spoken language. The village has around 2,000 people and runs institutions in which Sanskrit and Vedic texts are taught to a handful of pupils. 

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