I was under the impression that animal sacrifice as Hindu ritual was a minority phenomenon in India.

Am I wrong? Are there any statistics available?

Note that I am not asking if it is justified, that has already been answered many times before.

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    It used to be widespread but then after the advent of Buddhism and Jainism, Yagnas became less common, and after the time of Madhvacharya some people started using pishta-pasus or cornflour animals instead of actual animal sacrifice. Nowadays animal sacrifice in Vedic Yagnas is pretty much non-existent. But there is still a small amount of non-Vedic animal sacrifice done by Hindus, for instance in some temples of Kali and similar goddesses. Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 18:11
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    @Keshav can you write an answer in more detail?
    – Aditya K
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 8:05


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