When do you see Kumari at Kathmandu Durbar Square?

By Menuka Simkhada

When you are in Kathmandu, you should not miss to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Durbar Square means “place of palaces”. It is located in the heart of the city, which is within walking distance from Thamel, a tourist hub of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Durbar Square complex has several temples and palaces with museums. It takes a whole day to explore properly including visiting Kumari Ghar, Temples, Museum, Hanuman Dhoka, Kal Bhairav, Garuda, Courtyard, Big Bell, Kasthamandap (made by a single tree) etc.

The main highlight of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kumari, referring to the “Virgin Girl” who lives in a Kumari Ghar, the “House of a living goddess”.
Kumari Ghar was built in the 18th century by King Jaya Prakash Malla who used to rule Kathmandu. For Visitor Kumari appears (at present) on the balcony frequently for 30-40 seconds from 11 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 4 pm. If you wish to visit Kumari then you should be there at this time. However, you should keep checking in case of time changes. When she appears, you are not allowed to take photographs but you can see her smile on the balcony. 

It is believed that Kumari is a symbol of good luck so you should not miss seeing her. She is a manifestation of Goddess Durga.

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