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Kumari Chowk, Kathmandu
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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You pay 1000 NPR. AU$12 to enter. There are many temples within the Square along with this one. Does not look like the photo. A lot of destruction there from the earthquake.
If you arrive at the right time you may get a glimpse of the "living goddess". We were there around 10:20. She did look rather sad. No photos allowed. On a previous occasion with a different goddess w... read more »
Kumari is a living goddess who's between 6-13 years old & lives in a temple near Patan Durbar. It's amazing to go see her & get blessed by her. She won't smile or talk to you, but her 13-year old sist... read more »
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