Kumari Ghar, the House of the living Goddess in Nepal.

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The Kumari Temple also know as Kumari Ghar, Bahal or Chowk is a big brick temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square used to stay by the actual living goddess Kumari. The Goddess house was built in 1757 and renovated in 1966.

The word Kumari come from Sanskrit and means “Virgin”. The selection process for finding the Kumari Devi is done by Tibetan lamas who meet thousands of pre-pubescent Newar girls between 3 and 5 years old to find the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga. Selected on 32 signs of divinity, the Kumari reign comes to the end when she bleeds (including a small scratch) or menstruates.

Kumari of Kathmandu

There are 11 Kumari’s across Nepal, but the Raj (Royal) Kumari in Kathmandu durbar square is the most important. Tourists can enter in the courtyard of Kumari Ghar richly decorated with wood-carved reliefs of gods and symbols but it is totally forbidden to take pictures of Kumari Goddess.

The most important festival for Kumari is Indra Jatra where the 3 Kumari’s of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are carried around Kathmandu Durbar Square in a chariot.

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