Dakshin Kali Temple, built in 14th century, is located approximately 20 kilometers away from Kathmandu. It's a place in which people used to sanctify animals before butchering them.
It can be said that this temple consist of two sections. In the first section, animals with flower garlands on their necks are sanctified by the priest and then a butcher cuts their throats.
And the other section is the place where they skin out the animals and cut into small pieces, a place like a slaughterhouse.
On the way to the temple, there are stalls on both side where you can buy the animal you'll sacrifice and the flowers. For those who cannot afford an animal, pumpkins or coconuts are also regarded as sacrificial so can be found in this area. These can also be sanctified by the priest and then sacrificed for god. Of course, sacrificial "pumpkin" is an odd concept for us. As the section where they sacrifice the animals is regarded as holy, they enter this place in bare feet.
The floors are drenched with blood. It is unbelievably crowded inside. People step on bloods with their bare feet and perform their prayers with all the blood covering them.
In fact, animals are regarded as holy and eating meat is prohibited in Hinduism. Then there is something wrong with this. One may think, "Why would you slaughter these animals when it's prohibited to eat them? Just use the pumpkins to sacrifice!"
But the truth is different. Even though it is prohibited to eat meat, they have developed a system for those who cannot resist to meat. Such people must sanctify the animal before eating it and this animal should be a male. Moreover, the animals represent a negative emotion for Indian people. For example, a bull represents anger, so if you sacrifice a bull, it is said to help reduce the anger inside you. Thanks to these, they console themselves, and then say something like "now that we have the slaughtered meat, let's eat it", I guess.
Sacrificing coconut, on the other hand, has two meanings. The first one is that coconut is like the professional life; harsh on the outside but satisfactory and good on the inside and the second one is "no matter how furious I might seem from the outside, in fact, I'm a good person; unearth the kindness inside me"
Our guide tells us that god uses unhappiness, depression and anxiety to punish bad people. The God's wrath is not material but moral, says he.
While we are going to the car after we toured the temple, our guide shows a crowd of women. One of them was wearing white while the rest was wearing red clothes. He tells us that they've gathered there for a ceremony and that's why they've all wore red clothes. When we asked why only one of the woman was wearing white, he told us that women are allowed to wear every other color but red after their husbands death and that the widows usually choose to wear white.
In this country, all religions are tolerated. While there is animal sacrifice in Hinduism, it is not allowed in Buddhism. One of the most important differences between Hinduism and Buddhism is that Hinduism still support the caste system while Buddhism oppose it.