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Living Goddess, Kumari

Kumari is a pre-pubescent princess like the girl of thirty-two characters known as the Living Goddess of Nepal. She believed a manifestation of the Goddess Taleju. She lives with her parent in a temple-house wearing traditional dress and painting the eyes in Kathmandu Durbar Square until the puberty time. Guthi the religious community of Newar chooses four to five year’s girls within the Buddhist Sakya or Bajracharya family to elect the Goddess. She called with similar names, such as the Ugratara, Bajra Devi, and Saraswati. Each city has established the Goddess, including Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, and Bungmati in the Kathmandu Valley. Except Kathmandu and Patan Kumari to be visiting other is only possible on a special occasion.

Kumari is an ancient tradition started in the 10th century at the time of King Gunakamdeva. The last Malla dynasty, King Jaya Prakash Malla established the Kumari Temple in 1757 to protect his state from the warrior King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The Living Goddess practically chooses in October on the ninth day of Dasain festival. The Guthi has fixed the characters of the girl, such as full of teeth, the manner of afraid, crying, laughing, hair color, nail, and eyebrow. A special priest of the community used to check the horoscope could match or not with the king until 2008. The custom has changed afterward the political changed in Nepal. The child has allowed going outside only 14 times in a year. The religious community preserved her right for a study, treatment, and gathering with friends. She takes part as the special guest during the popular festivals, including the Ghode Jatra, Indra Jatra, and Machhendranath Jatra.  People of Kathmandu bless with her on the day of mentioned festivals. President, prime minister and foreign diplomats visit the Goddess for the Tika (red dot) and blessing.

Kumari the member of Eight Mother Goddesses symbolized the creation and the power of the earth. A worship history of the power cult dated back to the age of civilization. After defeating the Mall dynasty, Shah Dynasty gave continuity the tradition still worth to visit today. 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, dreamt overnight and the Goddess Taleju advised to elect a pre-pubescent girl as her manifestation.  The Kumari Temple in Katmandu Durbar Square preserved the 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 courtyard. Peacock window and chariot are just outside the entrance. Taking a photo of the Goddess prohibited during her visit 9:30 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm except her busy days. A small donation is appreciated.  Postcard sells at the entrance.