Nepal temple bans mass animal sacrifice at festival

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Devotees offer lamps while offering prayers at Pashupatinath temple to mark the Shrawan Sombar festival in Kathmandu July 27, 2015. The festival lasts for a month, during which devotees fast and worship Lord Shiva to pray for happiness for their families. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Devotees offer lamps while offering prayers at Pashupatinath temple to mark the Shrawan Sombar festival in Kathmandu July 27, 2015. The festival lasts for a month, during which devotees fast and worship Lord Shiva to pray for happiness for their families. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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ATHMANDU, (Reuters) Millions of pilgrims from India and Nepal regularly attend the festival, where animals have been sacrificed in past years to Gadhimai, a goddess of power.