Nepal’s ex-goddesses, Kumaris, to receive monthly allowance

I talked about Kumari, the living Goddess of Nepal here before.

Just sharing the recent news about the Kumari from couriermail here.

NEPAL’S former Kumaris, girls worshipped as living goddesses in a centuries-old tradition, are to be awarded a pension to help them readjust to normal life.

Ten former Kumaris will receive the monthly allowance of 10,000 Nepalese rupees ($111) from July for the next 10 years, Kathmandu Metropolitan City chief executive officer Laxman Aryal said.

“Although most of the Kumaris come from well-to-do families, they miss a vital period of their lives and often lag behind in our increasingly competitive society,” Mr Aryal said.

The council made the decision this week as part of efforts to help the girls who are worshipped as goddesses, but lose their special status once they reach puberty.

The tradition has continued despite the end of the Shah monarchy in 2008.

The living goddess lives in a palace-temple in ancient Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and is a major attraction for foreign tourists.

In 2008, Nepal’s Supreme Court ruled the living goddess should be educated and they are now taught inside the palace where they live and are allowed to sit their exams there.

I am glad that at least there is some progress in this matter because I think they deserve it and more for their sacrifice and their understanding during the years they are Kumari.

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12 responses to “Nepal’s ex-goddesses, Kumaris, to receive monthly allowance

  1. Progress! You probably mentioned it in your prior post, but – how long does a Kumari “reign”?

  2. Bijay told me it is not easy to married for the kumaris, because the men thinking she is a godness……….I mean it’s a really hard life for the kumaris. They have no right childhood

  3. Glad to hear this. We visited Durbar Square last February and the current living goddess was brought to the window to wave to us down in the courtyard. It seemed very sad for her to be cooped up in that dark building. It must be a very lonely childhood.

    • These days most Kumari can go home often and have a normal childhood. Only on the festival days, they are dressed as Kumari and do the job. The main Kumari of Kathmandu however still live in Kumari ghar but I heard she is entertained with friends and visits every day.

  4. the money is something, at least, although very negligible, the decision to give these girls an education is definitely good news

  5. Yes, progress. I hope our world will one day realise that women are of equal value in ability and contributions to society. Forward.

  6. It is nice to honor those who have grown up and given beauty to others. It is a nice way of repaying them. Is this a good amount, just wondering? Thanks for writing on my post! Robin

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