Gadhimai
Pilgrims praying in the temple during the night of the opening of the festival.
Pilgrims sleeping in front of the temple.
Water buffaloes brought for sacrifice.
Early morning before the sacrifice of the buffaloes. Men parading in the crowd before entering the pen where the water buffaloes are parked.
Early morning before the sacrifice of the buffaloes. Men parading in the crowd before entering the pen where the water buffaloes are parked.
After 3 days without food and water the buffaloes are very weak.
Just before the sacrifice.
Sharpening the ritual knife (Kukri).
Sacrifice. Animals must be beheaded in one blow.
Pilgrims on the road.
Sacrifice of a goat. Woman applying a tilak with the blood of the animal.
In the temple, sacrified goats.
Priest.
The floor of the temple after one day of sacrifice.
The pen where buffaloes were sacrified.
Pilgrims on their way back after the festival.