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9/05/2017

Young girls participate in ancient Kumari Puja in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kumari Puja


Some 108 girls aged below 10 took part in the ancient Kumari Puja, a part of the Indra Jatra festival, which is dedicated to the King of Gods in Hindu mythology on Monday at Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Nepal. 

Nepalese during the Indra Jatra Festival celebrate the befalling of Indra into human world.

In Nepalese culture, Kumari refers to a living goddess. On the occasion of Kumari Puja, a Kumari would be taken to the temple of Taleju Bhawani to receive blessings and power.

The 108 young girls, similarly dressed up and painted on their forehead with red and yellow, were believed to be possessing the divine nature as well. They would be blessed with protection from diseases and evil forces if they worship Taleju on the occasion of Kumari Puja.

The living goddess, who is believed to be a reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga or Taleju, is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. The tradition of the worshipping ceremony has lasted centuries.
Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja

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