ANIMAL SACRIFICE CURSE ON HUMANITY
More than 250,000 animals have been marked for slaughter as Nepal kicks off a two-day religious festival in which buffalo, birds and goats are sacrificed to appease Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power, and bring luck and prosperity.
Held every five years at the temple of Gadhimai, in Bariyarpur, Nepal, the festival was last held in 2009 and it attracted millions of Hindus. According to animal rights organization PETA, who is campaigning to end the practice, more than 250,000 animals were killed back then.
The festival starts with the ritual slaughter of five thousand buffalo in a field near the temple, then two days of ritual animal slaughter follow. In all, on the first day, worshipers slaughtered more than 6,000 buffaloes in the field, along with at least 100,000 goats and other animals, Mangal Chaudhary, head priest at a the Gadhimai temple, said and added:
It has been a grand day. The buffalo sacrifice has ended, but we will continue the rituals with goats and other animals for one more day.
During the slaughter, the buffalo are held in pens where butchers wielding kukri — a traditional Nepalese cleaver — sever the animals’ heads. Hundreds of police stand guard to prevent clashes between activists and the devotees. Note that, while cows are considered sacred by Hindus, the animals seen slaughtered in these images are buffalo.
1. Thousands of buffalo lie dead in a field after being sacrificed for a religious holiday in near the Indian border in Nepal.
.2. A butcher walks with a bloodied blade as he looks for an animal to kill during a mass slaughter to celebrate the start of the Gadhimai festival.
3. A butcher gets ready to kill a buffalo during a mass slaughter of the animals for the Gadhimai festival inside a walled enclosure in the village of Bariyapur, near the temple of Gadhimai, the goddess of power.
4. The festival is held for two days and is kicked off with a mass-slaughter of buffalo, after which hundreds of thousands of animals are sacrificed to the goddess.
5. Millions of Hindus flock to the ceremony, which is held every five years at the temple of Gadhimai, the goddess of power, in Bariyarpur, Nepal.
6. A calf draws its last breath as a butcher lifts his blade over its head.
7. On the first day, worshipers slaughtered more than 6,000 buffaloes, which were coralled into holding pens in the fields.
8. Although cows are considered sacred by Hindu’s, the thousands of animals seen slaughtered in these pictures are buffalo.
9. One of the many butchers holds his blade, which has been blessed in a ceremony the night before, as he gets ready to kill another buffalo.
10. Worshippers believe the animal sacrifice, meant to appease Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power, brings them luck and prosperity.
11. Butchers raise their swords while performing rituals on Thursday night, before the sacrificial ceremony today.
12. A group of devotees hold their traditional kukri knifes before the beginning of the animal sacrifices.
13. A Hindu man carries a blade during the festivities. Campaigners have attempted to frustrate the event or at least greatly reduce the number of animals killed.
sources: Daily mail.
DEDICATED BY: KAVIGNAR THANIGAI.