than 20,000 buffaloes were sacrificed on the first day. It is estimated
that 250,000 animals were sacrificed during the Gadhimai festival. The
ritual killings were performed by more than 200 men in a concrete
slaughterhouse near the temple.
Before the great earthquake struck, million devotees of Hinduism religion celebrated their cow festival in Nepal.
Worshipers believe that the animal
sacrifice, meant to appease Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power, to
bring them luck and prosperity.
Gadhimai festival is a sacrificial
ritual that is held every 5 years at the Gadhimai Temple of Bariyarpur,
in Bara District, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the capital
Kathmandu in southern Nepal, near the Indo-Nepal border. The event
involves the world’s second largest sacrificial slaughter of animals
after Hajj including water buffaloes, pigs, goats, chicken, rats, and
pigeons – with the goal of pleasing Gadhimai, the goddess of power.
Participants believe that animal sacrifices to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai will end evil and bring prosperity.