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Nepal gets a new ‘Kumari’

The feet of Living Goddess Kumari Unikia Bajracharya are seen on a plate as she observes the Rato Machhindranath chariot festival in Lalitpur, Nepal, May 17, 2016. Rato Machhindranath is known as the god of rain and both Hindus and Buddhists worship Machhindranath for good rain to prevent drought during the rice harvest season. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
The feet of Living Goddess Kumari Unikia Bajracharya are seen on a plate as she observes the Rato Machhindranath chariot festival in Lalitpur, Nepal, May 17, 2016. Rato Machhindranath is known as the god of rain and both Hindus and Buddhists worship Machhindranath for good rain to prevent drought during the rice harvest season. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Bhaktapur (Nepal): A new Ekanta Kumari has been selected in Nepal, who is worshipped as a living goddess in the historic city of Bhaktapur.

Five-year-old Jibika Bajracharya was selected to replace the former living goddess Junisha Shakya, who retired after a two-year term on March 26, reports the Himalayan Times.

Taleju temple’s chief leader Narendra Prasad Joshi confirmed Bajracharya’s appointment.

Bajracharya is from Kwache neighbourhood of Bhaktapur Municipality-11 and is the daughter of Jiva Chandra Bajracharya (43) and Bimala Bajracharya (41).

She was recommended for the revered position to the Guthi Sansthan, Bhaktapur, yesterday.

The Kumari’s considered as the living goddess is selected from among girls aged between two and eight from the Shakya and Bajracharya families.

They are selected as per their auspicious birth signs and other abilities and in guardians’ consent.

As per the tradition, Ekanta Kumari is taken to the Basantapur’s Kumari Ghar on the day of Gathasthapana of Bada Dashain festival and she stays there throughout the festival.

She is allowed to go to school, her maternal uncle’s house and visit all the three districts within Kathmandu Valley and receives a monthly allowance of Rs. 3,150.(ANI)

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