BE BLESSED BY A LIVING GODDESS
Overview:The modern city of Kathmandu is actually comprised of three major ancient kingdoms: Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur. Each erstwhile kingdom has its own Kumari, or Living Goddess. A little girl from the Newari Bajracharya caste is chosen at the age or 3 or 4 as the embodiment of the goddess Taleju. She is deeply revered by the Newari people (the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley) and is involved in many of the traditional festivals. Her blessings are said to be especially potent, but don’t prompt the serious-looking child to smile at you: it is said that if she does, the goddess Taleju is summoning you to death.