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GADHIMAI FESTIVAL 

Mass animal sacrifice to appease the Hindu Goddess "Gadhimai"

Gadhimai festival is a sacrificial ceremony that is held every 5 years at the Gadhimai Temple of Bariyarpur, in Bara District, about 200 Km south of the capital Kathmandu, and about 7 km east of headquarter of Bara district Kalaiya city, in southern Nepal, near the Indo-Nepal border, adjacent to Bihar. It is primarily celebrated by the people of Nepal & India. Until the event in 2014 the event involved the large-scale sacrificial slaughter of animals including water buffaloes, goats, chickens, and pigeons – with the goal of pleasing Gadhimai, the goddess of power. People also offer coconuts, sweets, red color clothes, etc.

The Supreme Court of Nepal on a case filed by Advocate Arjun Kumar Aryal (Writ No. 071-WO-0371), Rajyalaxmi Golcha (Writ No. 071-WO-0372) & Gita Prasad Dahal (Writ No. 071-WO-0373) has given a full order directing the relevant agencies to create an action plan to discourage and eventually end animal sacrifice at Gadhimai and elsewhere in the country.

The Gadhimai Festival this year is starting from November 17, 2019.

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