Photographer's Note

Kumari Devi or the Living Goddess of Nepal is a unique tradition i.e worshiping young pre-pubescent girls which is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Durga, the protectorate deity of Kathmandu valley. As the name suggest the living Goddess is a virgin and the real goddess dwell in her body & stay till she reaches her pubescent or bleeds by any reason. The process of selection of new Kumari takes place which resembles that of the Tibetan lamas who are believed to be reincarnations of their predecessors.

She was one of many contenders for would be Kumari Devi and that's the hand of a well wisher usually a family member. Taken at the House of Living Goddess or Kumari Bahal, Durbar Square. Kathmandu. The colourful costumes and the festive atmosphere made it even more fun to shoot, of course with due respect to local culture by keeping an appropriate distance and behave in a respectful manner.

Call it faith, belief or orthodox, whatever you might accept it as, its actually very fascinating aspect of Nepalese spiritual life and tradition.

Setting: 122 mm, 1/60 sec, F4.2, ISO Raw 200, 1210 hrs

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