Sajani Shakya (Bhaktapur)
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1999 - 2008
About Sajani Shakya:In spite of she is worshipped as a "living goddess", the 10-year-old Sajani Shakya has modest plans for her future. "I want to be a photographer", the shy Sajani said, while she jumps off the couch and brings an envelope with photos of her recent visit to the United States.
Sajani hit world headlines in June 2007 as she was stripped of her title as a "living goddess" because she visited the United States. With her parents she did a trip to the USA in June 2007 to take part in the premiere of the documentary film "Living Goddess" at the "Silverdocs" film festival. Sajani visited the Capitol in Washington, met with Nepalese, who live in the United States and visited a school where she met American children. 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.
All the more Sajani enjoys the daily joys of many children, as like playing with dolls and her favorite dish are instant noodles.
As Kumari of Bhaktapur from 1999 - 2008, in addition with those of Kathmandu and Patan / Lalitpur, she was one of the three most important Kumaris of the Kathmandu Valley and was worshipped by thousands of Hindus and Buddhists alike. In 2008 her successor Shreeya Bajracharya took over the mandate as the living Goddess of Bhaktapur.