Priests Announce A New 'Living Goddess’ In Nepal

Priests Announce A New 'Living Goddess’ In Nepal

Oct. 1, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

As par the religious traditions, a 3-year-old girl has been announced as the new Kumari of Kathmandu.  The Hindu priests announced in a ritual new Kumari as a part of the ancient tradition that is being followed in Nepal of worshipping young girls as 'living Goddesses'.

According to the traditions and rituals, the girl named --Trishna Shakya will be worshipped as a "living goddess" until she reaches puberty.

Shakya will not be staying with her parents rather she will be staying in a palace in Kathmandu's ancient Durbar Square where special caretakers will take care of the Living Goddess.

“She was selected from among four candidates, Uddhav Man Karmacharya, a Hindu priest said.

The ceremony took place on the eighth day of the two-week-long Dashain festival, the main festival in Nepal. This ancient tradition binds Hinduism and Buddhism and is specifically linked to former royal kingdoms of the valley namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The practice was once closely followed in the royal family but has continued despite the end of Nepal's Hindu monarchy in 2008.

The tradition of the Kumari comes from the Newar community that is indigenous to the Kathmandu Valley reports media.

 

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