Nepal’s Virgin Goddess


In Nepal, ‘Living Goddesses’ are usually selected as young children and cherished by thousands of people right up until they reach puberty. The most recent Kumari, Matina Shakya, was just 3 yrs when this young girl took her seat as the Royal Kumari back in August 2010 within the Nepalese city Kathmandu.

Kumari Matina Shakya

The Kumari is considered in Nepal as the defender from evil as well as the bestower of good fortune and affluence.  Kumari, literally suggests ‘virgin’, is a very young girl selected from the Buddhist local community to symbolize a Hindu goddess once she passes thirty-two assessments of ‘perfection’.

A pre-pubescent young girl designated as being a ‘living goddess’ by Hindus and Buddhists made an unusual and rare public appearance in Nepal during a religious celebration. The Kumari, a young girl wearing a reddish and golden gown who is worshipped by countless numbers, is appointed as being an incarnation of the goddess Kali and after that appears in public only thirteen times a year.

As part of her secluded lifestyle, she usually spends the remainder of the year within a temple away from public view, and only appears for special occasions. The Kumari are generally believed to consist of ‘having a body like a banyan tree as well as golden, sensitive skin that has never been damaged or shed a drop of blood.

The Kumaris are a significant tourist attraction and they are adored right up until they menstruate, and after that they go back to their family and a new one is selected. One of Matina’s predecessors, Sajani Shakya, created worldwide headlines in 2007 soon after she visited the USA to advertise a movie by a UK organization about the Kumari system.

Some religious regulators criticised Sajani’s journey stating it was in opposition to custom, and Sajani consequently retired at the request of her family members. Based on Kumari custom, young girls chosen from Buddhist Newar households through a demanding cultural procedure get to be the ‘living goddesses’.

In 2008 Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered the government to defend the Kumari’s human rights following complaints that this process went against the young girl living a normal and social life.


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