Kumari Chowk, Kathmandu

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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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  • We arrived at Piazza Darbar. First, we enter kumari's house. It seems that photography is prohibited when Kumari peeps from the small window above the building. After this, Kumari, a young woman, showed her face for two to three minutes. Kumari, the living goddess, was worshipped by the king as the guardian deity of Nepal.
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  • Enter the Kumari House. Photography is prohibited when Kumari comes out. Shooting the building is OK. Kumari's house is also a stick. She was chosen from the caste of a gold and silversmith named Saca, a living goddess, and lived here as a goddess until the first tide. Kumari showed her face through a small window on the third floor and watched everyone for a little while. The guide says he has never seen a smiling face. It is the house of Kumari on the side of Basantapur square outside.
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