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Kumari Chowk, Kathmandu

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Visit a sacred attraction at Kumari Chowk, a courtyard inside a red-brick, three-level building that was once home to Kumari, a girl selected to be the town's living goddess until she reaches puberty and becomes mere mortal. The tradition represents "devi," the Hindu concept of female spiritual energy. Wooden balconies and windows surround the courtyard where the Kumari appears daily at regular times. Keep in mind that visitors can photograph the courtyard, but photos of the Kumari are forbidden. As you wander the conplex, look closely for intricate carvings on the doors and walls of the temple. Plan to visit Kumari Chowk and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kathmandu attractions using our Kathmandu trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is a palace, where the Living Goddess, a young virgin venerated as Goddess, lives. The wood carvings in the balconies , doorways & windows are excuisite. The artwork and decorated passages are beau...  more »
  • It is not the most beautiful orintricate of the temples at durbar square. Still, it is beautiful but it is hard to enjoy durbar square or anywhere in khatmandu due yo the stench and pollution unfortun...  more »
  • This is fascinating, Seated by a young Goddess KUMARI, who only comes to the window when she wants too with her minders. We were lucky when we visited the Temple as Kumari come to the window, it is su...  more »

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