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Also called Kumari Bahal, this fascinating palace is home to a virgin girl who is worshipped as the goddess Durga in human form. She can sometimes be glimpsed at her windows.
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Durbar Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I must have been one of the last to see the previous Kumari, who had to retire having reached puberty. The spirit of the Goddess has now re-entered humanity in the shape of a three-year old replacement, so it will be a while before we...More

Thank Hugh F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited a couple of weeks after the latest kumari was installed. We were lucky enough to have the kumari come to the window!!

Thank sealrocker
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting building (some earthquake damage) and a nice courtyard. Intricate woodwork. We were told the child goddess would appear in the window but she no showed so we wasted 20 minutes. It would have been neat to see her but now not so interested.

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is just another building amongst many others, but the black intricate woodwork make it stand out. Some little sculptures are really worth a second look

Thank Vera M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This structure have been slightly damaged due to the 2015 Kathmandu earthquake. It is one of the attractions which is located in the heart of Kathmandu.

Thank kiltmaker2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Zabojad Resham Firiri Tour 2017 Happy Outside Program stopped at Durbar square in Katmandu as every year to follow up with the reconstruction activities in front of Kumari chowk symbol of Nepali culture. It is a very important stop for Nepali friends. The building is...More

Thank frederic s
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

damaged in the quake of 2015, this is part of durbar square and a must see. historical, beautiful and very impressive.

Thank 825amarg
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Kumari means a young girl who has not yet attained puberty. In Hindu culture, such a designated Kumari is worshipped as the living form of Goddess Durga.

Thank bose_rima
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The Durbar squares are overwhelming in their beauty, I only visited Bhatkapur and Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square Temples were actually being used by thousands of local residents when I visited at 8am on a Saturday. Kumari Chowk is a cleaner glossier building housing the living...More

Thank Jiggu87
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The tradition of the living goddess, the Kumari, is a very interesting part of Nepalese culture. Her small house remains largely undamaged by the 2015 earthquake which many believe is a testament to the goddess' power!

Thank FranHeaume
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