Thursday, February 23, 2012

A living Goddess Kumari festival in Nepal

Festivals in Nepal

Long time ago, Kathmandu Durbar Square is king’s palace before Shah dyanasty ruling in Nepal.Kathmandu Durbar Square is listed in World Heritage Sites,UNESCO. Kathmandu Durbar Square  is known as Basantapur Durbar Square which is one of the famouse sight seeing spot for the wood carving and historical cultural and religion.Visit the old center of Kathmandu with the kings palace, Basantapur,a living goddess home as kumari  home  and Durbar Square.
Nepal is the Land of Festivals . Festivals may be linked with the remembrance of the departed soul, to herald a different season, to mark the beginning or end of the agricultural cycle, to mark national events, or for family celebrations. Kumari (Vestal Virgin) or the only living Goddes in the world, who represents a very ancient Hindu deity of Nepal locally known as Taleju, is Buddhist by birth..It is strong faith that Kumari is believed to be the incarnation of the goddess Taleju Bhawani, symbols of Bhagabati. The god-house of Kumari Ghar(Kumari Chowk) is a store-house of magnificent intricate wood carvings where the Living Goddess performs her daily rituals.

Kumari Jatra Festival is celebrated at Kathmandu valley in Nepal Kumari Festival (also called the Rath Jatra, or Chariot Festival), which occurs on the third and fourth days of Indra Jatra festival. One of the primary events of the Kumari Jatra is the pulling of the three-tiered chariot .Kumari is carried through the streets of Kathmandu town during festival.She is attended by two other living gods, Ganesh and Bhairav. Ganesh and Bhairav  are brothers of Kumari.

According to religion history, Taleju Bhawani came to play dice regularly with king.While plying dice , king fell bad desirly with her and she disappeared and gave him dream about kumara.From that day to till,kumara has been chosen specially and respect to her. She is  known as a living goddess in Nepal.Once a year during Indra Jatra  festival the king of Nepal seeks the Kumari's blessing.

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