The prestigious Gadhimai Religious Festival, popularly known as ‘Kumbha Mela’, has witnessed over a million devotees so far this year.
As per the Mela Organizers, around 8 million people from more than 18 countries including Nepal and India, are anticipated to come for Mela and to sacrifice animals.
In order to provide hassle-free spiritual experience to the whopping devotees and visitors, multifarious social organizations and several volunteers have been deployed at the venue.
Food, drinking water, sanitation, and health services are offered to visitors at free of cost.
Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal Scouts, Manav Sewa Samaj are some of such organizations partaking in the Fair.
Moreover, local level municipal bodies are also rendering their services to the fullest.
In spite of such meticulous efforts, unethical and unlawful activities such as pickpocketing, thieving, looting, and defecating in the area during dusk, are creating a bitter experience to the visitors.
In order to tackle these problems, around 1500 security personnel have been deployed at the site and according to the Chief of Mela Security, Ranjit Singh Rathore, around 50 people involved in such malicious activities are already been booked.
Gadhimai Mela is a sacrificial ceremony, celebrated for every 5 years at the Gadhimai Temple of Bariyarpur in Nepal.
People sacrifice animals to please ‘Gadhimai’, the goddess of power. It is mainly celebrated by Madheshi people.