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The Kumari, the living goddess of Bhaktapur (Nepal)

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.

Kumaris of Bhaktapur:

Marital status

Nirmalla Shakya
? - 1999
Sajani Shakya
1999 - 2008
Shreeya Bajracharya
2008 - ?

+ = 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.

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