3 Year Old Girl Set To Become Kathmandu’s Next Living Goddess

A Nepalese mother applies make up to her daughter dressed as the living goddess Kumari as they wait for Kumari puja to start at Hanuman Dhoka temple, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Girls under the age of nine gathered for the Kumari puja, a tradition of worshiping young prepubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy. The ritual holds a strong religious significance in the Newar community that seeks divine blessings to save small girls from diseases and bad luck in the years to come. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. They have always believed in worshiping little girls as a living embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju.

After the former Kumari of Nepal’s capital retired, four young girls went through a 21-day process for the selection of a new Kumari.

This 21-day process included a night that the little girls would spend among heads of slaughtered goats and buffaloes.

After the process, the three year old Trishna Shakya was named Kumari, Kathmandu’s next ‘living goddess”. The Hindu people believe that to qualify as Kumari, the little girl should fulfill a certain criteria of theirs that has 32 perfections of a goddess.

Some of these perfections include having a soft voice, eyelashes that look like a cows and a beautifully shaped body.

The young girl was immediately taken away from her family and her family home. She will now live in the Kumari palace and take up her place at the throne.

The Kumari is said to only ever leave the palace 13 times a year, during festivities. During this time she is paraded on the streets to everyone.

The last Kumari stepped down when she reached the age of 12.

When the Kumari reaches 12 years of age she will also step down and the search for a new Kumari will begin again.

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