August 1, 2007 / 1:31 PM / in 11 years

Man cuts off hand for Hindu goddess offering

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A 23-year-old Nepali man cut off his right hand after morning prayers and offered it to Kali, the Hindu goddess of power, the Annapurna Post local daily said on Wednesday.

Rajesh Tajpuria, who runs a drug store in the southeastern town of Rangeli, is undergoing treatment at a hospital, it said.

More than 80 percent of Nepal’s 26 million people are Hindus who frequently sacrifice animals such as goats, buffaloes and roosters in temples.

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