What is Panchbali? Ritual requiring sacrifice of five animals to get what you want

DK Shivakumar has made a sensational allegation, accusing a prominent state leader of orchestrating Panchbali rituals in Kerala to harm him.

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New Delhi: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has made a sensational allegation, accusing a prominent state leader of orchestrating Panchbali rituals in Kerala to harm him, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and the Karnataka government.

What is Panchbali?

Panchbali is a controversial ritual believed to be practiced by Aghoris, a specific Hindu sect, to achieve a desired outcome through animal sacrifice. The ritual reportedly involves five sacrifices:

  1. Shatru Bhairavi Yagna: A fire sacrifice is performed as the first step.
  2. Red Goat: The second offering is a red goat.
  3. Buffalo: The third sacrifice is a buffalo.
  4. Black Sheep: A black sheep is the fourth offering.
  5. Pig: The final sacrifice is a pig.

It is important to note that Panchbali is not a widely practiced ritual and is considered highly controversial due to its violent nature.

DK Shivakumar's allegations

Shivakumar, without naming the leader, claimed that the rituals were being performed in Kerala on the politician's orders. He stated that he had received information about animal sacrifices being performed in a Kerala temple, presumably targeting him and Siddaramaiah.

About Raj Rajeshwari Temple

Shivakumar linked the alleged Panchbali rituals to the Raj Rajeshwari Temple, also known as the Mullakkal Bhagwati Temple, located in Kerala's Alappuzha district. The temple, built in the traditional Kerala style, houses the main idol of Goddess Durga along with other deities.

Investigation and concerns

Shivakumar's allegations have raised serious concerns and sparked calls for investigation. The accusations highlight the potential misuse of religious practices for personal gain and the need for vigilance against such harmful rituals.