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Address: Durbar Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl...

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.

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Intriguing cultural phenomenon

The Kumari House is a beautiful, old, traditional wooden structure which is the home of the Kumari. She lives here for a number of years with her carers and emerges on ceremonial... read more

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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed today NEW

It's a small place, with a history behind it., If you are interested you can do some research about the Kumaris and Nepali history; I wasn't. So found this place pretty average.

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Thank Hasnain V
Istanbul
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Story of Kumari is very interesting. Kumari respected by multiple religion members. She is a kind of human dedicated her life for her public.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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The Kumari House is a beautiful, old, traditional wooden structure which is the home of the Kumari. She lives here for a number of years with her carers and emerges on ceremonial occasions and festivals. On some days she might appear briefly at the upstairs window of her quarters, overlooking the courtyard. It is considered auspicious and a blessing when... More 

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are visiting Kathmandu Durbar square then you must visit this place. This is surrounded by beautifully crafted houses. If you are lucky enough you can see the living goddess from here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

During our tour of Durbar Square, we popped into this area to see the Kumari; very interesting to see how other cultures still practice and believe in their ancient traditions.

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Thank fitzgerald2222
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went in and in just happened that the living goddess about age 10 came out to the window and it was amazing to actually see this in real life. People really believe in her. A total curiosity for all ages.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The face of the kuamri can be seen frequently in Nepal, specially in Kathmandu. And this house has been her residence, historically. She is supposed to reside here and complete her studies for the duration of her 'goddessness'. But after the quake this place became too dangerous to live in, So they shifted her someplace safer.

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Thank Jayanta A
Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kumari puja is a unique culture can be seen only in Nepal. The Nepali's honor the Kumari devi as living goddess by Shakya Nepalis. Kumari is a little girl of 5-10 years.The puja of girl might have taken its origin from Mother Goddess cult which is being practiced since centuries all over the world. Nepali's belief is that kumari is... More 

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Thank ANURSHA
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the Kumari for 5 seconds. We were waiting for her at around 11ish, and she appeared from the window. Photography is not allowed. The girl looked so bored but beautiful.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the home of the living goddess was amazing, though she only appeared in her window for a few minutes and looked extremely bored and hostile. It is a shocking life for the poor girl and it was very interesting to get a glimpse of it.

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