The Gadhimai massacre

Bariyapur, Bara, Nepal
November 24, 2009

An executioner stands between the carcasses of sacrificed buffaloes at the Gadhimay Mela where over 12.000 buffaloes were sacrificed to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai.

Thousands of worshippers traveled long distances to attend the month long festival honoring the Hindu goddess Gadhimai, an avatar of Kali, the fearful goddess of power and destruction.

The Gadhimai festival was initiated some 350 years.

Over the centuries the festival gained immense popularity among low caste Hindus who have no other options left than putting their faith in the worship of Gadhimai.

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