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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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  • The Kumari traditions comntinue but thankfully more has been done to support these very young women post 'reign' to intergrate back into their communities with friends and education although it is rar...  more »
  • Walking around Durbar square guide made us enter into a construction of highly decorated with window on the first floor which looks out to greet a Princess or small living Goddess that ends its closure at puberty, may be unpleasant, but for families is a great honor that his daughter is chosen. Only sale on some holidays.
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  • While sightseeing in Kathmandu, my guide took me to visit the Kumari Bahal in the center of the city. While there, we got to see the Kumari, who is regarded as a living goddess and incarnation of Durg...  more »