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Kumari

Living Goddess, Kumari at a festival in Kathmandu

Kumari is a prepubescent girl of thirty-two characters called the Living Goddess of Nepal. The child believed a manifestation of the Goddess Taleju. She lives in Kathmandu Durbar Square at a temple-house with parent wearing traditional dress and painted eyes. She is also recognized by the name of Ugratara, Bajra Devi, and Saraswati. The Child Goddess Kumari is in Bhaktapur, Patan, and Bungamati in Kathmandu Valley. Guthi a religious community of Newar elects four to five year's girl from Buddhist Sakya or Bajracharya family.

Kumari first established in the 10th century during the time of the King Gunakamdeva. The last Malla King Jaya Prakash Malla established the Kumari Temple in 1757 to protect his state from the warrior King Prithvi Narayan Shah. A girl is practically chosen on the ninth day of Dashain festival in October. Guthi has fixed, the child characters, such as full of teeth, the manner of afraid, crying, laughing, hair color, nail, and eyebrow. The community priest used to check the child horoscope could match or not with the king until 2008. This custom has changed now. The child can leave her temple only 14 times a year. Guthi has preserved her right to a study, treatment, and gathering with friends. The Living Goddess joins on special festivals, such as Ghode Jatra, Indra Jatra, and Machhendranath Jatra.  People bless with her on the festivals in Kathmandu. President, prime minister and foreign diplomats visit the Goddess for the Tika (red dot) and blessing.

Kumari symbolizes a creation and the power of the earth, who is a member of Eight Mother Goddesses. The worshiping power cult history dated back to the age of civilization. After defeating the Mall dynasty, Shah Dynasty did continue the tradition still worth to see now. Nepal history mentions the Royal Goddess Taleju used to advise the king for his excellent regime and play dice in a secret room believed nobody could even glimpse them. King once lost his patience to the beautiful goddess even family member peered as a result disappeared. King was frightened, dreams overnight and the Goddess Taleju advised to elect a prepubescent girl as her manifestation.  The Kumari Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square has an excellent woodcarving on the tympanum, window, struts, pillar, and the door. The Star of David, the replica of Swayambhunath Stupa and the Sri Yantra Mandala exhibits inside the temple. Peacock window and chariot are just outside the entrance. Taking the photo of the Goddess prohibited during her visit 9:30 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm except for her busy days. A small donation is appreciated. Postcard sells at the entrance. 

 

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