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The Living Godess Kumari and Durbar Square, Kathmandu

By Monday, March 11, 2013 , , ,

On our first full day in Kathmandu, we took a tour of some of the closer site to see. Durbar just means king, so there are multiple Durbar squares in the area, such as Durbar Square Patan as well as a Durbar street. According to my pamphlet, Durbar Square Kathmandu has 43 temples in total.

Maju Dega, late 17th Century

The Kumari Chowk, We weren't allowed to take photos of Raj Kumari, the living goddess herself, but she's 8 years old, named Matina Shakya and fidgeted a lot. I guess I sort of expected her to be a little more regal, graceful, poised, etc. But to be honest, I'm pretty glad that she acted like an 8 year old. The practice of picking a pre-pubescent girl, elevating her to goddess status and then sending her home when puberty comes knocking is sometimes criticized as being as being unhealthy for the little girl herself (for example, growing up in isolation).

Trilokya Mohan Narayan, built in 1690 by Queen Mother Riddhi Laxmi

We paid 700 rupees (8.08 USD, 6.22 Euro) each to get in, but as far as I could see there was only one ticket booth and and you could come and go as you please down the other streets.
Taleju Temple, built in 1564 by King Mahenra Malla

Shiva-ParbatiTemple, built by King Rana Bahadur Shah

Mahadev and Parvati lookout from the Shiva-ParbatiTemple,

Chyasin Dega, buitin 1649 by Pratap Malla

Janannath Temple (I think) built in 15622 by Mahendra Malla

Taleju Temple

Taleju Temple

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