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Animal sacrifice during Dashain: Striking a balance between tradition and practice

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Animal sacrifice during Dashain: Striking a balance between tradition and practice

Millions of Hindus across the world have begun celebrating the Dashain festival which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Often called Durga Pooja, the 10-day long festival glorifies Dharma prevailing over Adharma (evil).

This festival celebrates the Goddess Durga’s victory over demon Mahisassura to protect the Dharma. In addition to this, Vijayadashami signifies Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. The annual festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor. In Nepal’s southern plains, devotees sacrifice goats on the seventh (Saptami) and eighth day (Ashtami) of Dashain to please goddess Durga.  

Dashain is, however, not about shedding blood to please god. It’s propitiating Goddess Durga to get her blessings for a healthy, prosperous and meaningful life. Janakpur’s Rajdevi temple is famous for the sacrifices of goats on the eighth day of Dashain. Locals believe the ritual of slaughtering goats here at the temple has been taking place since time immemorial.

Hindus in Nepal customarily offer goats for sacrifice to appease the almighty God and Goddess, especially power goddesses Durga and Brahma, the creator of this universe, for peac

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