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Kumari Chowk

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Address: Durbar Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl...

Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl who is worshipped as the goddess Durga in human form. She can sometimes be glimpsed at her windows.

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Living Goddess

Believe it or not, the living Goddess in Hindu Myths live here. its the must amazing that we have great festival Indrajatra symbolic to worship the goddess & others. a legends... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The architecture of the Kumari House is a sight to behold. Go at the right time you may just see the Kumari Goddess but even if you don't catch her, the square inside the house is worth checking out.

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Study this dancing. This culture is amazingly ancient and has many feasts, festivals and festivities. The country is hurting big time. We must all help in some small way.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kumari house is unique with it's name . We will see there living god Kumari which is very famous for Hinduism .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Check the timings when the Kumari Devi appears briefly at the window for viewing. Its a glimpse into a culture and religion so different from Western ones that you cannot help but learn something profound. Please DO NOT take pictures when she appears. They will remind you of this.

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Believe it or not, the living Goddess in Hindu Myths live here. its the must amazing that we have great festival Indrajatra symbolic to worship the goddess & others. a legends that for past present & future.

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Thank Sudhir S
Mantua, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kumari means virgin. Before or after every religious work 5 virgin girls are fed and given gifts as the representation the purity and innocence. Kumari as the Living Goddess is considered to be the emanation of Goddess Taleju/Tulaja/Durga. Locals visit her to receive blessings for healing or for removing any kind of obstacles. Tourists can see her from the ground... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, do pay attention to time and visit this house when the Kumari is showing her face to the world. The religion has it that Kumari is the goddess reincarnated, she lives in the monastery until she reaches maturity and only makes a very brief appearance on the window to greet the public. The... More 

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Province of Girona, Spain
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The site is just a small patio inside an old building which is about to collapse. Thank god it has wood supports everywhere. Hope the entrance ticket money is used for reconstruction but I doubt it.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the Hanuman-dhoka Durbar World Heritage Site Monument Zone. The Kumari-ghar is an eighteenth century building with fine woodcarvings, which is reason enough to visit it. I happened to have caught the appearance of the current Kumari, greeted with a chorus of "namaste". When she is not present, photographs of the bay window at which she appears are permitted.... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, I understand that this is a hallowed Nepalese institution. Understand, however, as I did after discussing this with several international diplomats in Kathmandu during my visit there, that the young girl is essentially a prisoner in a hermetically-sealed environment until she reaches puberty, at which point she is replaced, cast out of the house, and suddenly has to try... More 

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