Every Tuesday, at least 300 female goats are sacrifice d by hordes of devotees visiting Basaha Mandali Temple in Dhola VDC, Dhading in hopes of making their wishes come true as well as bring good luck and prosperity into their lives. But on some occasions the number of goats sacrifice d at the altar of the temple even hits the 500 mark.
People who throng the temple located about 10 kilometres west of the district headquarters Dhading Bensi sacrifice around 20,000 female goats every year, according to the Temple Management Committee (TMC).
Temple authorities said devotees who come to celebrate “religious feasts” on the banks of the local Dhola River sacrifice goats. A local teacher, Keshav Duwadi, said tradition dictates that women be barred from entering the temple premises and are also not allowed to consume the meat of the goat sacrifice d at the temple.
A boy under 12 years of age and belonging to Magar community is appointed the ‘temple priest’ once every two years. But once he reaches puberty, he is not allowed to perform religious duties at the temple and another boy is chosen as the temple priest.
Meanwhile, Radha Duwadi, a local trader, said she earns around Rs 6000 every week from a small business she runs at the bazaar area in Dhovanchaur, which falls on the way to the temple. The bazaar is flooded with devotees shopping for religious paraphernalia every Tuesday.