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Are khichdi-eating jackals of Rann of Kutch disappearing?

Kala Dungar mountain is situated at a distance of about 25 km in Kutch in Gujarat. Here, tourists flock to the mountains to enjoy the view. Another thing that attracts attention here is the Dattatreya temple, where jackals come every evening to eat khichdi (rice dish) prasad.

However, the practice of feeding them khichdi has halted for the past 8-10 years.

Hiralal Khavda, the chief of the Dattatreya temple, told India Today TV that earlier 60-70 jackals used to come to the temple to eat khichdi offerings, but for the past few years, “jackals do not come here now and even if they come, only a few of them visit the place, which is worrying”.

The tradition of feeding khichdi to jackals is a 200-year-old practice.

The jackals used to come every evening when called from ‘Long Prasad Otlo’, a platform built near the temple. Now, they have stopped coming to the temple.

Hiralal Rajde Khavda said, “I am 72-year-old and have been seeing a tribe of jackals in the temple since childhood.

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