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Kumari Puja or virgin worship is an ancient feature of Asia religions dating back to at least the late Vedic period. Archaeological evidence indicates that mother goddesses have always occupied a very significant position even in the religions of such ancient civilizations as Mohenjo-daro and Harappa.

In Nepal, The Living Goddess Kumari is regarded as a supreme Tantric goddess-a common deity worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. While Hindu Tantriks worship her as Durga Bhawani or Taleju, Buddhist Tantriks worship her as Vajradevi. According to a popular belief, Kumari possesses unlimited spiritual powers and protects people from demons and evil spirits.

Newars of Nepal devote a great deal of their devotion and ritual activity to the worship of the female divine force in her multifarious forms, but the most notable and unique feature of their religion is the worship of Kumari, the living virgin goddess.

This handy, concise book presents the mysterious phenomenon of the Living Goddess.

 

Preface

In this booklet, 'Kumari : The Virgin Goddess of Nepal', have attempted to present a real picture of what the Virgin Goddess is from the Nepalese perspective. Nepalis have developed a unique culture during the last few millennia and they have preserved it despite the on- slaught of cultural influences from outside. The cult of virgin worship is one such cultural phenomenon that has withstood the test of time.

Every Newar settlement once had a State Living God- dess Kumaribecause a monarch ruled each such settle- ment with the blessing of a Living Goddess. But such a State Living Goddess disappeared when such settlements were merged together. When all the small kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley were united to form a single uni- fied country, all State Living Goddesses of Lalitpur, Bhaktapurand other kingdoms were merged into a single State Living Goddess of Kathmandu. Thus, the present Living Goddess, Kumari, became the State Living God- dess of Nepal. However, the tradition of Livina God- dess continues in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, and perhaps in other settlements too.

The living Goddess Kumari is the sovereign deity. Theo- retically, She has the rights to delegate Her sovereignty to anyone but, for all practical purposes, She transfers it to the reigning monarch. There are stories about mon- archs failing to receive Her blessing and losing their king- doms as a result of it.

The living Goddess Kumari is the supreme tantric god- dess-a common deity of Buddhists and Hindus. Buddhist Tantriks worship Her as Vajradeviwhereas Hindu Tontriks worship Her as Durga Bhawanior Taleju. This is one of the common platforms where Buddhists meet Hindus.

Goddess Kumar; is the protectorate of all citizenry. People believe that the deity possesses unlimited power, and protects the people from demons and evils spirits. Hence, each courtyard has at least one goddess Kumari in the form of cobbles smeared with vermilion. Some households keep their private goddess Kumari Differ- ent communities have a common Kumari-living or non- living.

I have based my religious explanatory material on the five references mentioned at the end of this booklet. Other things, such as the story of Jhya, are based on interviews with senior citizens who in their childhood witnessed Jhya and his activities. Other facts are based on my personal observations. I verified some of the facts with a former Living Goddess Kumari There are a few events such as outings of Living Goddess Kumari every year. Any interested person may watch these events at the time of annual festivals.

 

Contents

 

  preface 1
Chapter one kumari: The Supreme Goddess 5
  Reasons for Expressing the Goddess in Code 6
  Agam Deo: The Living Goddess Kumari in Code 7
  The Living Goddess Kumari Is Goddess Taleju 8
  Goddess Kumari is Chandeswori 9
  Goddess Kumari is the Manifestation of Ten Deities, and is Mahalaxmi 11
  The Living Goddess is also Khadga 12
Chapter Two Tantric Tradition of Worshipping a Female Deity 16
  Selection of a Girl for the position of The living goddess 17
  Ornaments of The Living Goddess 18
Chapter Three Goddess Kumari Possesses Sovereignty 20
  Disintegration of Ye (Kathmandu) and Proliferation of Goddess Kumari 22
  Unification of Principalities 23
Chapter Four Tradition of the Chariot Pulling Festival 25
  Kumari-House 26
  Advent of Shah king 27
  Thi- majiu Platform 28
  Facts about the Lunatic 29
  Kumari Chowk 31
Chapter Five Outingsof the Living Goddess Kumari 33
  Tantric to The Living Goddess Kumari 46

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Kumari Puja or virgin worship is an ancient feature of Asia religions dating back to at least the late Vedic period. Archaeological evidence indicates that mother goddesses have always occupied a very significant position even in the religions of such ancient civilizations as Mohenjo-daro and Harappa.

In Nepal, The Living Goddess Kumari is regarded as a supreme Tantric goddess-a common deity worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. While Hindu Tantriks worship her as Durga Bhawani or Taleju, Buddhist Tantriks worship her as Vajradevi. According to a popular belief, Kumari possesses unlimited spiritual powers and protects people from demons and evil spirits.

Newars of Nepal devote a great deal of their devotion and ritual activity to the worship of the female divine force in her multifarious forms, but the most notable and unique feature of their religion is the worship of Kumari, the living virgin goddess.

This handy, concise book presents the mysterious phenomenon of the Living Goddess.

 

Preface

In this booklet, 'Kumari : The Virgin Goddess of Nepal', have attempted to present a real picture of what the Virgin Goddess is from the Nepalese perspective. Nepalis have developed a unique culture during the last few millennia and they have preserved it despite the on- slaught of cultural influences from outside. The cult of virgin worship is one such cultural phenomenon that has withstood the test of time.

Every Newar settlement once had a State Living God- dess Kumaribecause a monarch ruled each such settle- ment with the blessing of a Living Goddess. But such a State Living Goddess disappeared when such settlements were merged together. When all the small kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley were united to form a single uni- fied country, all State Living Goddesses of Lalitpur, Bhaktapurand other kingdoms were merged into a single State Living Goddess of Kathmandu. Thus, the present Living Goddess, Kumari, became the State Living God- dess of Nepal. However, the tradition of Livina God- dess continues in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, and perhaps in other settlements too.

The living Goddess Kumari is the sovereign deity. Theo- retically, She has the rights to delegate Her sovereignty to anyone but, for all practical purposes, She transfers it to the reigning monarch. There are stories about mon- archs failing to receive Her blessing and losing their king- doms as a result of it.

The living Goddess Kumari is the supreme tantric god- dess-a common deity of Buddhists and Hindus. Buddhist Tantriks worship Her as Vajradeviwhereas Hindu Tontriks worship Her as Durga Bhawanior Taleju. This is one of the common platforms where Buddhists meet Hindus.

Goddess Kumar; is the protectorate of all citizenry. People believe that the deity possesses unlimited power, and protects the people from demons and evils spirits. Hence, each courtyard has at least one goddess Kumari in the form of cobbles smeared with vermilion. Some households keep their private goddess Kumari Differ- ent communities have a common Kumari-living or non- living.

I have based my religious explanatory material on the five references mentioned at the end of this booklet. Other things, such as the story of Jhya, are based on interviews with senior citizens who in their childhood witnessed Jhya and his activities. Other facts are based on my personal observations. I verified some of the facts with a former Living Goddess Kumari There are a few events such as outings of Living Goddess Kumari every year. Any interested person may watch these events at the time of annual festivals.

 

Contents

 

  preface 1
Chapter one kumari: The Supreme Goddess 5
  Reasons for Expressing the Goddess in Code 6
  Agam Deo: The Living Goddess Kumari in Code 7
  The Living Goddess Kumari Is Goddess Taleju 8
  Goddess Kumari is Chandeswori 9
  Goddess Kumari is the Manifestation of Ten Deities, and is Mahalaxmi 11
  The Living Goddess is also Khadga 12
Chapter Two Tantric Tradition of Worshipping a Female Deity 16
  Selection of a Girl for the position of The living goddess 17
  Ornaments of The Living Goddess 18
Chapter Three Goddess Kumari Possesses Sovereignty 20
  Disintegration of Ye (Kathmandu) and Proliferation of Goddess Kumari 22
  Unification of Principalities 23
Chapter Four Tradition of the Chariot Pulling Festival 25
  Kumari-House 26
  Advent of Shah king 27
  Thi- majiu Platform 28
  Facts about the Lunatic 29
  Kumari Chowk 31
Chapter Five Outingsof the Living Goddess Kumari 33
  Tantric to The Living Goddess Kumari 46

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