10 facts about Gadhimai Festival of Nepal
- More than two lakh fifty thousands (250,000) animals (buffalo, goats, chickens and pigs) are killed in this festival (mela). It is supposed that last festival which was held in 2009, November, approx. 500,000 animals were sacrificed in 2009. More than 20,000 buffaloes were killed on the 1st day.
- hese all 500,000 animals are sacrificed in the name Hindu goddess Gadhimai to praise her. It is believed that Goddess Gadhimai is pleased by the animal sacrifice.
- All those slaughtered animals are taken to nearby villages and small town and eaten in the feasts by the devotees.
- Gadhimai festival is celebrated by the Nepal. This festival is dedicated to Gadhimai temple. For you kind information, Gadhimai temple is located in Bariyarpur village in Bara District. This village, Bariyarpur, Bara is about 100 miles (160 km) far from the Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. This temple is south of the Kathmandu valley in Terai region.
- Gadhimai festival is supposed as the festival of world’s largest sacrificial slaughter of animals. Animals may be buffaloes, pigs, goats, chicken and pigeons.
- The main goal of devotees is to please the Goddess Gadhimai Devi. She is supposed the goddess of power in Hindu religion. Participants believe that animal sacrifices will end the evil and bring prosperity in their life.
- uring the November month, there are huge crowed of devotees and animals in this area. It is estimated that more than 5 million people from all over the Nepal and some southern states (Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) of India participate in the festival.
- Majority of people who have gone there for animal sacrifice are Madheshi or terai. People from the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar also use to come here form animal sacrifice.
- There are more than 200 men to kill the animals in a concrete slaughterhouse near the Gadhimai temple.
- After the festival is ended, companies in India and Nepal buy all the meats and bones of animals.
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