Gadhimai Festival in Nepal

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Stuntmen perform on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. The festival renowned for its large number of animal sacrifices, is held every five years at the Gadhimai Temple where devotees from Nepal and bordering India will sacrifice buffaloes, goats and birds while offering prayers to Gadhimai, the goddess of power. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A herder stands inside an enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A herder sits inside an enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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Herders work inside an enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A herder works inside an enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A man leads a buffalo inside an enclosure where buffalos awaiting sacrifice are kept on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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Herders work inside an enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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Sacrificial blades are displayed for sale near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A man and his daughter sleep near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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People walk along a field near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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Family and friends sit in a vehicle trailer, where they will spend the night, near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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People gather near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A sacrificial goat is tied to a vehicle trailer on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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Laundry left to dry on a dead tree is pictured near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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People walk along a field near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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People climb on the walls of the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A sick buffalo calf lies in an enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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Buffaloes are gathered in an enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the “Gadhimai Mela” festival in Bariyapur November 27, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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