The Kerala government has directed Thiruvananthapuram district collector and police chief to stop human-blood offering at a temple that has issued a notice asking devotees for the “donation”. The temple authorities said it was an age-old ritual and the government was painting a wrong picture. This is the second time in less than 10 days that a controversy has erupted over a temple ritual in the Left-ruled Kerala, which is often called God’s own country. A temple official, who did not want to be identified, said it was a symbolic ritual, with many devotees donating just a drop of blood. “The government is giving a wrong picture that devotees are forced to shed their blood.
Source: Hindustan Times March 08, 2018 04:30 UTC