Nepal's Gadhimai temple authorities on Tuesday announced an indefinite ban on a centuries-old tradition of mass animal slaughter that attracts hundreds of thousands of worshippers.
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The 300 year old Gadhimai festival will go bloodless in its next edition in 2019. More than five lakh animals get slaughtered during the festival.
The festival is held once every five years in the Himalayan nation's southern plains. They sacrifice thousands of animals in the hope of appeasing the Hindu goddess of power, Gadhimai.
In the last Gadhimai festival in 2014, despite a police presence and a SC order to check the illegal smuggling of animals from Indian borders, people continued to cross the Bihar border with live cattle. 70% animals are technically smuggled from India.
(With Agency Inputs)