PHOTO: Sacrifice at the Pachali Bhairab Temple in Kathmandu - Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

PHOTO: Sacrifice at the Pachali Bhairab Temple in Kathmandu

Sacrificing a chicken at the Pachali Bhairab Temple on the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal

Click on title to view photo in large format: Hindu worshiper sacrifices a chicken at the Pachali Bhairab Temple on the Bagmati River in Kathmandu. Nepal is one of the few parts of the world where animal sacrifice is still practiced. Though in its purest form it is intended to relieve Hindus from the cycle of death and rebirth, animal sacrifice is more often used to appease demons that are believed to have great power, while simultaneously pleasing the deities. Most believe that sacrificing an animal at the altar of a temple also ensures that their prayers will be answered.

3 Comments on “PHOTO: Sacrifice at the Pachali Bhairab Temple in Kathmandu

    • Yes, it happens quite frequently, Bibi. Thousands of buffalo and goats are sacrificed every year during the Dashain Hindu holiday.

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