While preparations for Gadhimai are in full swing, religious organizations took out a rally in Kalyan, Bara on Thursday November 12 urging devotees to offer fruits and vegetables to the deity during the Gadhimai festival, instead of sacrificing animals.
Hundreds of people participated in the rally that was organized by a Buddhist group campaigning for non-violence. Animal Welfare Campaigners, Hindus, Buddhists, and members of Krishnapranami, Om Shanti and Baishnav religious groups participated in the rally.
Addressing the meeting, religious leaders said that bad practices in tradition must be discontinued. They clarified that they are not against religious tradition, but want protection of the lives of innocent animals.
A number of local people who had already purchased goats to be sacrificed pledged that they would not have them killed.