Nepal: 200,000 Animals Sacrificed in Feudal Festival
Posted by Ka Frank on November 28, 2009
Kantipur Report, November 25, 2009
Second day of Gadhimai fair sees over 200,000 animal sacrifice
BARA – Thousands of goats, chickens, ducks and pigeons were sacrificed on the second day of Gadhimai festival being held at Bariyapur of Bara district.
Around 200,000 goats and birds that were brought by the pilgrims were slaughtered on Wednesday, said Shivchandra Kushawaha, chairman of the festival organising committee.
On Tuesday, the first day of the festival, around 17,000 buffaloes were slaughtered. Raman Thakur Bhuihaar, who hails from Sitamadi in Indian state of Bihar, alone made an offer of 105 buffaloes for sacrifice.
It is believed that sacrificing animals at the festival brings one prosperity and wards off evil.
Carcasses were strewn all over the slaughter field. Although the festival organisers had hired a contractor to clear out the carcasses, people from Chamar community chased the contractor and took away the carcasses themselves. Nearly 75 percent of the carcasses were taken away by the Chamar people by Wednesday evening.
Gadhimai festival is held every five years and is considered the largest animal sacrificing event in the world. A great number of Hindu devotees from far and wide, including India, make pilgrimage to Bariyapur during the festival.
Kushawaha claimed that over 150 thousand people observed the Gadhimai festival in the last two days.