Are traditions still relevant?

Community Correspondent Shambhuraj Tanwar brings this interesting take from Rajasthan - India, on the animal sacrifice tradition during the Navratri festival. In Hinduism, Navratri is considered to be one of the biggest festivals. All communities celebrate Navratri with lot of enthusiasm and zeal. It is celebrated over a period of 9 days wherein people pray to their deities in the temple and at their homes. Everyone wishes for their prayers to be answered, so do these communities. A lot of these communities believe that sacrifices please their deities. Some sacrifice food and other amenities for the period nine days while some choose to believe that sacrificing a goat will make sure their prayers are answered. There are some of the belief that all these sacrifices are pointless. Humans have for long done things in the name of God while in actuality these things are all just in their own personal interests.

Shambhuraj concludes, ' While India has the capacity to go to Mars and come back, people on ground still live in their own traditions and values - their own world'.

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