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November 27, 2019 - One Green Planet

Gadhimai Festival, World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice Ritual, to Take Place Soon!

Gadhimai Festival, World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice Ritual, to Take Place Soon!
Gadhimai festival in NepalPhoto by: Amit.cr.yadav

The Gadhimai Festival is the world’s largest animal sacrifice ritual. Thousands of buffaloes, goats, and chickens are slaughtered to please the Hindu goddess of power, Gadhimai. A few years ago, it was falsely reported that the animal sacrifices at the festival are banned. Devout Hindus can be asked not to sacrifice animals, but they cannot be banned from doing so, said Ram Chandra Shah, the temple chairman.

Fortunately, there are activists and animal rights groups urging Hindus to offer different sacrifices that don’t involve taking a life. Motilal Kushwaha, general secretary of the Gadhimai Mela Organizing Committee (GMMOC) is urging people to make donations to the temple instead of sacrificing animals.

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