KATHMANDU, NEPAL, April 29, 2015– Seeing the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu is one of those cultural experiences where Western travelers must temporarily suspend their Western ideals and accept the traditions of another country.
“The Living Goddess” is a pre-pubescent girl from the indigenous Shakya clan of the Newari sect of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. While there are approximately eleven Kumaris scattered across Nepal, the Royal Kumari is the most important and celebrated. Idolized and worshipped by many, but not all, Hindus and Nepalese Buddhists, the custom of reverence for the Kumari is a relatively recent tradition, dating only as recently as the 17th century.
Travelers to Kathmandu have the best opportunity for getting a glimpse of the Royal Kumari by visiting her palace courtyard late in the day.
Tours usually schedule their programs to coincide with an appearance by the Living Goddess, but if not, a good guide should be able to make the arrangements if given enough notice.
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