The goddess is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists.The Living Goddess Of Nepal’s Newar culture, two white stone lions stand to guard the door as we enter the Kumari House in Kathmandu’s Basantapur Durbar Square. In Nepal, these lions outside a building are first signs that the place holds an important status.

Moreover, the Kumari or Kumari Devi comes from the Hindu faith however most of the “traditional” Kumari in Kathmandu are Newari . In Nepal the Kumari is a prepubescent girl selected by a council from the Newari people that acts as a manifestation of divine female .

Similarly, Now days, the living goddess had to frequently oblige her visitor’s call to bless them. Nowadays, since the society has become more aware of Kumari’s rights for education and personal space as a child, she is allowed to study. There  are other 12 Kumaris in Kathmandu besides the one in Basantapur Durbar Square, and together they all form the Kumari worship customs.

There are many rules. For one, Shobha has to apply special makeup to her daughter’s face in intricate designs. The girl isn’t allowed to go outside except for festivals. On those occasions, her feet must not touch the ground. Another major rule: the Kumari is not permitted to speak to anyone besides her family and close friends. The most important Kumaris represent each of the three former royal kingdoms of the valley: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.

 

 

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