29-11-2013 09:19 AM | India

Temple festival in Bandipur amid cattle disease scare

Although serious concerns remain over the possibility that the epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease among cattle could soon hit wildlife, Bandipur Tiger Reserve is set to receive thousands of cattle during the annual festival at Belladakuppe Mahadeshwara temple starting on Sunday. The two-day festival, organised by the Belladakuppe temple, located in Bandipur’s core area (Hediyala range), generally sees around 2 lakh pilgrims. And cattle, which are considered central to this annual ‘Kartika’ month ritual, are brought into the forest in thousands.

But this year, with the severe foot-and-mouth disease outbreak among domestic cattle, especially in southern Karnataka, the Forest Department has asked the temple authority to make the event “low key” to prevent the virus spreading to wild herbivores.
Full Story : The Hindu