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3 year old girl – Living Goddess of Nepal




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Kathmandu, Nepal – A 3-year-old girl was revered as Nepal new living Goddess, being devoted by both Buddhist and Hindus in the Himalayan nation. Trishna Shakya, the small little girl will be carried to live in the palace of Nepal where she can reside until she strikes her puberty period. Shankya was accompanied by her family members and men walking barefoot in red tunic for short walks. This is the last time she is having a public appearance without any makeup as a Kumari – goddess of Nepal until she hits her puberty.

Her father Bijaya Ratna Shakya said: “I have mixed feelings. My daughter has become the Kumari and it is a good thing. But there is also sad because she will be separated from us.” Shakya has a twin brother who was shedding tears while her sister got departed towards her palace. Shakya can leave the palace only 13 times a year on the occasion of special feast days.

At midnight, Hindu priests will perform an animal sacrifice, which the new Kumari will attend as part of her initiation as a “living goddess”. As the Kumari, Shakya is considered the embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju.
A panel of Hindu priests took days to select her after checking her horoscope and searching for physical imperfections. As a goddess, she should not have any physical flaws.

“It is our tradition that after the living goddess reaches age 12 we have to find a new one and the search begins. We have to make sure that the goddess is suitable to bring good fortune for the country,” said Gautam Shakya, a priest in the panel.Historically, 108 buffalo, goats, chickens, ducks and eggs were slaughtered as part of the ritual — a number considered auspicious in Hinduism — but the number has been scaled back under pressure from animal rights activists.

The tradition of the Kumari, meaning princess in Sanskrit, comes from the Newar community indigenous to the Kathmandu Valley. It blends elements of Hinduism and Buddhism and the most important Kumari represent each of the three former royal kingdoms of the valley: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The practice was once closely linked to the royal family but has continued despite the end of Nepal’s Hindu monarchy in 2008.
In 2008, Nepal’s Supreme Court passed an order of educating all the living goddess in the palace itself where they can appear for the exams also. Otherwise, it becomes very difficult for the princess to cope up with the society once when dethroned after years.

The ceremony took place on the eighth day of the two-week-long Dasain festival, the main festival in Nepal.

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