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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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  • Visiting the home of the living goddess was amazing, though she only appeared in her window for a few minutes and looked extremely bored and hostile. It is a shocking life for the poor girl and it was...  more »
  • Special to her. The story of the guide there is definitely worth the money. If you (over) for 12 hours to Durbar Square and a guide takes he will ensure that you are on time to see the Kumari and tell the story. ...
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  • The place is similar to the visuals you see on postcards. Traditional, zen feeling, historic. Awesome. Must stay at least 1-2 hrs and look around.  more »