Kumari Ghar (House of Living Goddess Kumari), Kathmandu

Kumari Ghar (House of Living Goddess Kumari), Kathmandu

Kumari Ghar (Kumari Bahal) is a palace in the center of the Kathmandu city, next to the Durbar square where a Royal Kumari is selected from among several Kumaris. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in South Asian countries.

In Nepal the selection process for her is very rigorous. Kumari is believed to be the bodily incarnation of the goddess Taleju (the Nepalese name for Durga) until she menstruates, after which it is believed that the goddess vacates her body. Serious illness or a major loss of blood from an injury are also causes for her to revert to common status.

Kumari Ghar (Bahal) was built in the year 1757 by the King Jaya Prakash Malla. It was named after Kumari goddess that is well known as an incarnation of Taleju goddess. The Kumari Bahal is a three-storied quadrangle lavishly decorated with fine woodcarving. It is the place where throngs of people make a beeline to get the glimpse of Kumari and get her divine blessings.

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Sight Name: Kumari Ghar (House of Living Goddess Kumari)
Sight Location: Kathmandu, Nepal (See walking tours in Kathmandu)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

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