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The acting and former Kumaris of Nepal

While the Kumari of Kathmandu probably is the most well-known and most powerful one, there are some more Kumaris in the cities and villages of Nepal, which are partly unknown. In the different sources one can find various data concerning the number of Kumaris in Nepal. As far as I know of "Kumari location", I have listed them here. Unfortunately the information is still quite meager, but I work on it to increase.

Goddess Durga - Highslide JS
Goddess Durga
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Locations of Kumaris



The Kumaris of Kathmandu

The Royal Kumari of Kathmandu is the most well-known of the child goddesses in Nepal and a substantial tourist attraction.

It is said, that ex-Kumaris mostly did not marry, because an old legend reports that husbands of ex-Kumaris only have a short life. Here is the legend:
  • It is told that a young man married a resigned Kumari, although he was warned by his friends and relatives. A short time after the wedding he suffered suddenly from anorexia and began to spit blood. One month after the wedding he was dead.
But if one looks the following list, there is nothing to that legend.

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Name
Mandate
Status
Marital status
1922 - 1923
   
oo         
Chini Shova Shakya
1923 - 1931
+   
oo         Daughters: 2   
Chandra Devi Shakya
1931 - 1933
+   
oo         Daughters: 2   
1933 - 1942
   
oo         Sons: 2   Daughters: 1   
Nani Shova Shakya
1942 - 1949
   
oo         Sons: 4   Daughters: 2   
Kayo Mayju Shakya
1949 - 1955
+   
oo         Sons: 1   Daughters: 1   
Harsha Laxmi Shakya
1955 - 1961
   
oo         Sons: 2   
1961 - 1969
   
oo         Sons: 1   Daughters: 2   
Sunina Shakya
1969 - 1978
   
oo         Sons: 1   Daughters: 1   
1978 - 1984
   
1984 - 1991
   
oo         
Amita Shakya
1991 - 2001
   
2001 - 2008
   
2008 - 2017
   
2017 - ?
   
+ = deceased         oo = married
Source: Wikipedia - The free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumari) (The Kathmandu Post; Durga Shakya, Kumari Bahal)



The Kumaris of Bhaktapur

Contrary to the Kumari of Kathmandu the Kumari of Bhaktapur has substantially greater freedom. She can leave the house, meet her friends and play with them. Different to her colleagues in Kathmandu and Patan, who are tutored by a private teacher, she is allowed to visit the school together with other children.

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Name
Mandate
Status
Marital status
Nirmalla Shakya
? - 1999
   
1999 - 2008
   
2008 - ?
   
Junisha Shakya
2014 - 2016
   
Jibika Bajracharya
2016 - ?
   
+ = deceased         oo = married
Sajani Shakya became famous far beyond the borders of Nepal, when she did a trip with her parents to the USA in June 2007 to take part in the premiere of the documentary film "Living Goddess" at the "Silverdocs" film festival.
Because thereby she broke with the tradition by which she is not allowed to leave the country as an acting Kumari, she was defrocked. Due to public pressure she was reinstated after she had undergone a cleaning ritual after her return.



The Kumaris of Patan

The Kumari of Patan is, like her colleague in Kathmandu too, only allowed to leave the house for major festivals and is tutored by a private teacher. Indeed she lives in the house of her parents.

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Name
Mandate
Status
Marital status
Sanira Bajracharya
1985 - 1992 ?
   
Chandra Shila Bajracharya
1992 - 2001
   
2001 - 2010
   
2010 - 2014
   
Yunika Bajracharya
2014 - 2018
   
2018 - ?
   
+ = deceased         oo = married
A characteristic of Patan is the Dhana (Dharma) Kumari. Today (2010) she is 58 years old. She also is called "The old Kumari of Patan". By the natives she is considered to be holy till this day.
A legend says that the responsible priest of the Dhana (Dharma) Kumari wanted to cancel her pension when her mandate was determined by the beginning of her menstruation. After announcing this, the priest died suddenly and unexpectedly.
The natives of Patan believe till this day that the priest was punished by the Gods for this illegal cancellation of the Kumari pension.



The Kumaris of Bungamati

In Bungamati the Kumari is exclusively selected out of the Bajracharya families. The selection process is also another one here. Kumari becomes the oldest girl of a Bajracharya family who never has shed blood before.


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Name
Mandate
Status
Marital status
Ganga Bajracharya
1996 - 1997
   
Jamuna Bajracharya
1997 - 1998
   
Rashmi Bajracharya
1998 - 2001
   
Sophiya Bajracharya
2007 - 2011
   
Diya Bajracharya
2011 - 2014
   
Smrity Bajracharya
2014 - 2015
   
Kinjal Bajracharya
2015 - 2018
   
Kripa Bajracharya
2018 - ?
   
+ = deceased         oo = married


The Kumaris of Kilagal (also Kilagar)

The Kumari of district Kilagal is a nearly unknown Kumari, which is exclusively worshipped by the families of the Marjhans and Jyapus. She visits a regular school. Her name is kept secret and no foreigner is allowed to visit her.

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Mandate
Status
Marital status
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The Kumaris of Kwa Bahal

Kwa Bahal is the home of the tantric priest Wak Bajra, who brought the Stupa Sigha Chaitya the whole way from Benaras to Kathmandu. After he had installed the stupa, he came to this house to spend the remainder of his life in meditation.
Although his body must have decayed long ago, nobody has entered his room until this day in order to not disturb his meditation.

This Bahal has its own Kumari, which is selected from the children of the Vajracharya families. The selection process is the same as with the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu. The Kumari in Kwa Bahal is held to be the incarnation of Vajradeva, a purely Buddhist deity.

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Name
Mandate
Status
Marital status
+ = deceased         oo = married
Source: http://www.planetware.com/kathmandu/kwa-bahal-nep-cn-kokb.htm (Link no longer available)



The Kumaris of Panauti

Unfortunately, currently no information



The Kumaris of Sankhu

3-year-old Kumari of Sankhu at 2010-04-03 - Highslide JS
3-year-old Kumari of Sankhu at 2010-04-03
© Olga Rani
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© Olga Rani
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Sankhu, is a village in the Kathmandu valley with about 2000 inhabitants and is located about 17 km east of Kathmandu. Sankhu was the terminal of the old trade route to Tibet.

The Kumari of Sankhu shows up in the public far less than the Kumaris of Kathmandu, Lalitpur or Bhaktapur. In addition she has a special head decoration, which is adorned with the Pancha Buddha (5 Buddha) and is probably unique in this form.

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Name
Mandate
Status
Marital status
+ = deceased         oo = married



The Kumaris of Tokha

Jibit, Kumari of Tokha - Highslide JS
Jibit, Kumari of Tokha
Mero Raja
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Mero Raja
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Source: WikiMedia
more details: here
Unfortunately, currently no information


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Name
Mandate
Status
Marital status
+ = deceased         oo = married


The Kumaris of Nuwakot

Unfortunately, currently no information



The Kumaris of Ward 24

The history of settlement in Ward 24 goes back to antiquity. The main bahas (monastic courtyards) here are: Mantra Siddhi Mahabihar (Sawal Baha), Mul Shree Mahabihar (Mu Baha) und Dharma Dhatu Mahabihar (Tadhan Baha)
Mu Baha is mentioned with the reference "Kumari's house" as one of the most important historical buildings of this ward.