HATSINGIMARI, April 21 � The famous Charantola Mela at Babedpara under Dadengri subdivision of West Garo Hills district (Meghalaya), about 20 kms from here concluded after the two-day long puja kirtan and subsequent sacrifice of goats and buffaloes to the goddess Kali.
Talking to the president of the Mela committee Nikanjan Koch informed this correspondent that every year on the first Tuesday of Krishnapaksha of the month Baisakh (Bohag), the mela as well as the puja is held.
The tradition has been continuing since 1965 and the popularity of the puja and mela is increasing year by year, the president claimed.
On the occasion of the puja the devotees sacrifice goat, buffaloes and pigeons etc to the goddess Kali, which generally starts from 12 o�clock midnight. Koch disclosed that last year a total of 4,372 goats were sacrificed to the goddess Kali, besides a number of buffaloes and thousands of pigeons.
This year also more than 5000 sacrifices have been made in front of the idol of goddess Kali, the president of the mela committee informed.
Rana Ganguli, a famous priest performed the puja of Charantola Mela. This time more than three lakh devotees from Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand etc. and abroad from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, besides other places gathered at Babedpara to perform puja and attend the mela.