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Kumari Chowk, Kathmandu

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • So sad to see the damage done by the earthquake...but it is still a must see in the city...so much history and beautiful architecture...  more »
  • Went here to get a glimpse of Goddess Kumari. And saw her she was looking so beautiful in her maroon or red attire.  more »
  • Need to be mindful of custom within walls of the structure - no photography of the living goddess but ok to take pictures when she does not appear from the upper storey windows each day  more »