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Gadhimai Festival: The Most Controversial Festival

  • Warning: Some of the photos below depict animal sacrifice and may disturb some readers.

Gadhimai festival is one of the biggest festival for the people of Terai. This festival is celebrated in Bara district. This festival is celebrated for one month. This festival is celebrated by the locals of Terai region (known as Madhesi) and many people are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar state of India. In this festival, large numbers of people gather in Bariyarpur (one of the village of Bara district). This festival is celebrated to please goddess Gadhimai, the goddess of power.
How is Gadhimai festival celebrated?:
This festival starts after Saptabali. Saptabali refers to the slaughtering of seven animals and birds. This festival officially starts after the white mice is sacrificed. After sacrificing white mice animals like rabbit, pigeon, rooster, duck, pig and buffalo are sacrificed. Slaughtering of animal is common for this festival. The slaughtering of animals like goat, sheep etc are also common. The slaughtering of animals and birds continues for two days. Many people sacrifice animals to Gadhimai believing it would please goddess Gadhimai. In this festival about 6,000 water buffaloes are sacrificed. The 6,000 water buffaloes that are offered to the Goddess Gadhimai are kept inside the open field guarded by the Armed Police Force.
After the priest completes the preliminary rituals, 200 men (men who have authority to slaughter the animals that are offered to the goddess) enter into this open field. Those 200 men have a red cloth tied into their arm. After the 200 men have entered into this open field slaughtering of water buffaloes starts. Then the buffaloes are sacrificed one by one. Slaughtering continues for three days. Except those authorized 200 men and armed police force no one is allowed to enter this area. So, the local people, tourists and pilgrims climb the fence of the guarded area to watch the slaughtering of buffaloes. Meat of those slaughtered animals are sold in Nepal and India.
History behind this festival:
This festival had started in the early 18th century. In the early 18th century a criminal saw a dream. On his dream goddess Gadhimai ordered him to sacrifice animals. So, when he got out of the prison he sacrificed the animals. After sacrificing animals he got prosperity. So, every 5 year he started sacrificing animals in the temple of goddess Gadhimai. The locals came to know about this secret of that criminal. So the locals too started sacrificing animals every 5 year. With the passage of time this tradition of sacrificing animals became a festival.
Negative part of this festival:
This festival is celebrated by the Hindus to please the goddess. But thousands of animals are sacrificed just to please the goddess. Animals are slaughtered without showing any mercy. During this festival the river of blood flows in the temple of Gadhimai. Animal also have freedom to live but this festival seems to have neglected it. Due to unwanted pollution made during the festival various epidemics come along with this festival.
Anti-festival protests:
There has been a worldwide protest against the amount of animal sacrificed during this festival. The festival is People all around the globe organized a campaign protesting against this festival. Many organizations urged to the Nepal government to stop the slaughtering of thousands of birds and animals. But, Nepal government in response replied they won't stop the tradition that has been followed since long period of time. To aware people and educate them would be the best way to control large number of animal sacrifice.
Background about the festival:
Gadhimai festival is one of the biggest festival for the people of Terai. This festival is celebrated in Bara district. This festival is celebrated for one month. This festival is celebrated by the locals of Terai region (known as Madhesi) and many people are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar state of India. In this festival, large numbers of people gather in Bariyarpur (one of the village of Bara district). This festival is celebrated to please goddess Gadhimai, the goddess of power.
How is Gadhimai festival celebrated?:
This festival starts after Saptabali. Saptabali refers to the slaughtering of seven animals and birds. This festival officially starts after the white mice is sacrificed. After sacrificing white mice animals like rabbit, pigeon, rooster, duck, pig and buffalo are sacrificed. Slaughtering of animal is common for this festival. The slaughtering of animals like goat, sheep etc are also common. The slaughtering of animals and birds continues for two days. Many people sacrifice animals to Gadhimai believing it would please goddess Gadhimai. In this festival about 6,000 water buffaloes are sacrificed. The 6,000 water buffaloes that are offered to the Goddess Gadhimai are kept inside the open field guarded by the Armed Police Force.
After the priest completes the preliminary rituals, 200 men (men who have authority to slaughter the animals that are offered to the goddess) enter into this open field. Those 200 men have a red cloth tied into their arm. After the 200 men have entered into this open field slaughtering of water buffaloes starts. Then the buffaloes are sacrificed one by one. Slaughtering continues for three days. Except those authorized 200 men and armed police force no one is allowed to enter this area. So, the local people, tourists and pilgrims climb the fence of the guarded area to watch the slaughtering of buffaloes. Meat of those slaughtered animals are sold in Nepal and India.
History behind this festival:
This festival had started in the early 18th century. In the early 18th century a criminal saw a dream. On his dream goddess Gadhimai ordered him to sacrifice animals. So, when he got out of the prison he sacrificed the animals. After sacrificing animals he got prosperity. So, every 5 year he started sacrificing animals in the temple of goddess Gadhimai. The locals came to know about this secret of that criminal. So the locals too started sacrificing animals every 5 year. With the passage of time this tradition of sacrificing animals became a festival.
Negative part of this festival:
This festival is celebrated by the Hindus to please the goddess. But thousands of animals are sacrificed just to please the goddess. Animals are slaughtered without showing any mercy. During this festival the river of blood flows in the temple of Gadhimai. Animal also have freedom to live but this festival seems to have neglected it. Due to unwanted pollution made during the festival various epidemics come along with this festival.
Anti-festival protests:
There has been a worldwide protest against the amount of animal sacrificed during this festival. The festival is People all around the globe organized a campaign protesting against this festival. Many organizations urged to the Nepal government to stop the slaughtering of thousands of birds and animals. But, Nepal government in response replied they won't stop the tradition that has been followed since long period of time. To aware people and educate them would be the best way to control large number of animal sacrifice.

  • Warning: Some of the photos below depict animal sacrifice and may disturb some readers*

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Photo of slaughtered water buffaloes left in the open field

Photo of slaughtered water buffaloes left in the open field

Animal Slaughtering in Gadhimai festival

Animal Slaughtering in Gadhimai festival

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Posted by STN123 23:56

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What the bloody society. Run in Nepal on the eve of God's. Name .senselessly slaughtered of men's did this accepted. Wholly.

by sandeep

Though it is the festival of Nepal, more than 80 % devotees come from neighboring country India. But, good news from Gadhimai temple the animal slaughtered has been banned in this temple. From next year there will be nos such slaughtering of innocent animals.

by STN123

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