Gadhimai Mela (Festival) which is observed in Bara , Nepal is going to happen this November after 5 years. It’s the festival which happens in each five years in Gadhimai Temple of Bariyarpur Bara District. This festival of Nepal is always highlighted and protest because it involves the world’s largest slaughter of animals to make the goddess of power Gadhimai happy and pleasing. Approx (250,000) including water buffaloes, goats, pigs, chicken, white rat, and pigeons are used to give slaughter. People from Uttar Pradesh , Bihar (India) also come to Nepal for this festival.
About Gadhimai Mela i found this article in one website :
The history of this bloodthirsty event began when Bhagwan Chaudhary, the feudal landlord, a imprisoned in Makwanpur fort prison about 260 years ago. He dreamed that all his problems would be solved if he made a blood sacrifice to Gadhimai. Immediately upon his release from prison he took counsel from the local village healer whose descendant, Dukha Kachadiya, started the ritual yesterday with drops of his own blood from five parts of his body. Apparently then a light “appeared” in an earthenware jar, and the gory sacrifice began.
Last year in 2009 many animal right activist tries to stop this festival. Brigitte Bardot , Meneka Gandhi who wrote Nepalese government to stop this activity.
This year also there are many organization and social sites about Animal rights are awaring people to stop Gadhimai Mela. The Animal Welfare Society of Nepal’s Manoj Gautam said that they will protest in Nepali Embassy and Consulate and sign the paper to give Government. Along with Nepal , other 23 Nations are planning to participate in this activity. Compassion in World Farming (CWF) have made a document to protest with other parties. In Europe and Africa ‘Jane Doodle Institute’ are protesting. In India ‘Human Society International’ PETA and PFA are protesting. They are protesting this because it is affecting the mentality of Small Children , Creating diseases among people , turns society into danger and to save the Animal.
So , What do you think of this Festival ? Should this be stop ? Can they stop ? Can we Stop ? You know it’s been running since 300 hundreds years so may be it takes that much time to stop.
See this countdown in the website : Stop Animal Sacrifice