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. Put Kumari Chowk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kathmandu trip itinerary builder .
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  • At the junction of Durbar and Basantapur squares, this red brick, three storey 18th century building has an inside courtyard that is enclosed by beautifully carved wooden balconies and windows, just a...  more »
  • The guides are not particularly knowledgeable so take a guidebook with you. Lovely examples of wood carving and the windows are unbelievably intricate. Some of the sections can be viewed only from the...  more »
  • We did not see the Living Goddess, but we did sense her presence. There is a great opportunity here to learn about culture and perseverance. The building is reinforced and repairs are progressing slow...  more »

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