Kumari Chowk, Kathmandu

3.5
Visit a sacred attraction at Kumari Chowk, a courtyard inside a red-brick, three-level building that was once home to Kumari, a girl selected to be the town's living goddess until she reaches puberty and becomes mere mortal. The tradition represents "devi," the Hindu concept of female spiritual energy. Wooden balconies and windows surround the courtyard where the Kumari appears daily at regular times. Keep in mind that visitors can photograph the courtyard, but photos of the Kumari are forbidden. As you wander the conplex, look closely for intricate carvings on the doors and walls of the temple. Put Kumari Chowk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kathmandu trip itinerary builder .
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  • So a young girl must stay inside until she reaches puberty. Only recently they allowed these girls to get an education. Yes it was cool to see this as a cultural difference, but I'm not sure what kind...  more »
  • It is very exciting to see the Kumari, however; she is so young it makes you feel a little uncomfortable. It made me wonder about how she feels and if it is ok to have her confined in that building un...  more »
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