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“More interesting to walk by, and to read abou, than to make a trip out to see this”
Review of Kumari Chowk

Kumari Chowk
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$102.00*
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Local Bazaar Walking Tour in Kathmandu
Ranked #16 of 178 things to do in Kathmandu
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Owner description: 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.
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“More interesting to walk by, and to read abou, than to make a trip out to see this”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

So, this is a very interesting Nepali custom. However, walking by, you're unlikely to see very much. But, given that I've never even heard of a living goddess, I was fascinated to read about her, and see where she lived. But, it's not worth the trip just to see the building. You are not likely to see the girl.

Visited April 2014
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pune
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Kumari mata temple.”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

I visited this Kumarimata temple. The girl is worshiped as a living Goddess .She gives darshan from the window for just a few minutes.It was really dirty. Peageons hovering over& shitting.

Visited April 2014
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Wales
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“Set the 'Goddess' free.”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

I can't understand why a girl ( and that's what she is) can be locked away with no family,friends,education ect to support her.She's known as Kumari! a aliving Goddess and yet as soon as she reaches puberty,she's cast aside because she is then thought of as impure too old to be a Goddess. she's just a child and she can't do anything.There was a man looking out of the window when we visited the ''theme park'' The rest of Durbar square is very beautiful what with it's Jimmy Hendricks Temple and all.Not worth the visit.

Visited April 2014
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Kumari”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you want to know more about Kumari read 'From Goddess to Mortal' by Rashmila Shakya, an ex Kumari. Kumari are now educated, they do have children of their own age to play with, they are not subjected to an intimate body inspection and do not have to spend a night with 108 severed animal heads.
I visited the Kathmandu Kumari house recently but at lunch time Kumari does not appear. this meant I was able to take photos of the house. I was so intrigued that I bought this book. An easy read and fascinating.

Visited February 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“small but interesting”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

we couldnt go inside the main house, but small area below the main house had great architecture, we even got the glimpse of the living goddess and she was really pretty. amazing experience it was

Visited February 2014
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