|The curse had the
immediate effect. Vedic rites were given up completely. Worship of gods and goddesses
including that of Siva was conducted according, to vamacara rites. Animals were
slaughtered both at the altars of Siva and Tara temples. In fact, Kalika Purana gives an
elaborate account of sacrifice on a large scale of animals and human beings.
The sacrificial animals included "birds, tortoises, alligators, fish,
nine species of wild animals, buffaloes, bulls, he-goats, ichneurnons, wild boars,
rhinoceros, antelopes, iguanas, reindeer, lions, tigers". 26 To this list Yogini
Tantra add monkeys. It was also the practice to offer blood drawn from ones own
body. But ordinarily females of all animals are exempted from sacrifice .27
The present temple of Ugra Tara was built by King Siva Singh in
1725 A.D. who had excavated a tank three years earlier. The tank is situated to the east,
of the temple and is known as Jorepukhuri. The tank still exists, though the upper portion
of the temple was destroyed by the great earthquake. This was however rebuilt by a private
26. The Mother Goddess Kamakhya, pp. 69-70.
27. Op. Cit.; P. 69.